"Mistakes will always happen and that's why we play friendlies. But I'm always ready to take risks in those games."
Germany - Marco Reus 17', Lukas Podolski 81'
Australia - James Troisi 40', Mile Jedinak 50'
Joachim Löw's faith in Lukas Podolski is rewarded with a late equaliser as Germany draw with Australia. Jogi, however, as always maintains the need to experiment in such friendlies as he starts with a three-man back line, and two strikers up front.
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"I wanted to accommodate for the personnel situation. The game was a little hectic in general. The first half was decent from our point of view, but we weren't level headed enough in the second 45. We had some good chances at the start of it, but then all of a sudden we found ourselves behind. We couldn't find the right structure in the second half and we didn't get a foothold defensively throughout the whole game. We didn't implement things the way we had hoped. We know that we have to win on Sunday in Georgia." said Jogi on dfb.de
"We didn't do the things the way we wanted to," Low said on the German Football Association's website.Germany's World Cup hangover starting to concern Joachim Löw
"We need to increase the tension and tackle the game there with more concentration," insisted Löw."Manche wollen Poldi abschreiben - aber er hat seine Klasse" - in a post-match interview Jogi spoke of his belief in his goalscorer
"I have the feeling that some people had written Lukas off. But I know that he's always good for a goal and he can vitalize the team. His goal scoring record speaks for itself. Lukas hasn't played much recently and it would obviously be good if that changed. But he still has the right zip about him and is in a good state physically. He's always dangerous when called upon."Löw: "It doesn't just happen at the flick of a switch" - Jogi speaks to dfb.de
Talking of his reasons for taking Holger Badstuber off at half-time, he said "I made the change at half time because Holger Badstuber had taken a knock. It takes time when you want to make changes. We'll continue to try it out in the future but it's important to be able to work on it at training more often. It doesn't just happen at the flick of a switch. You need games and time at training to work on it."
He added that he was happy both Holger and Ilkay Gündogan were back after months on the sidelines. "It was clear that I couldn't expect everything from both players. They need weeks, maybe months in order to get back to their best. There are always ups and downs after such a long time out. They're not 100% yet but everything went well for where they're currently at."
On goalkeeper Rob-Robert Zieler - "Ron played very, very well in Spain so therefore he was pleased with the decision. I don't think he could have done anything about the goals."
Ron-Robert Zieler, Holger Badstuber (Sebastian Rudy), Benedikt Höwedes, Shkodran Mustafi, Sami Khedira (Christoph Kramer), Jonas Hector, Mesut Ozil, Ilkay Gündogan, Karim Bellarabi (Andre Schürrle), Marco Reus (Lukas Podolski), Mario Götze (Max Kruse)
At his first press conference of 2015, Joachim Löw spoke of the welcome return of players such as captain Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marco Reus, Ilkay Gündogan and Hologer Badstuber, giving them more options than immediately after the World Cup.
"Manuel is suffering from an inflammation to his knee and will not play against Australia," Löw said at a press conference.Who will keep goal has not been decided yet, Jogi intends to sit down and discuss with goalkeeping coach Andreas Köpke. Holger Badstuber and Ilkay Gündogan will be on the field tomorrow.
He stressed the importance of Bastian Schweinsteiger, who is back in good form and taking on a leading role at Bayern Munich. "It's important for the team to have such a leader on the pitch."
"We've had a long break and haven't been together for a while. It's an unfamiliar situation for us after failed to win a couple of games. That means that we have to win our next few European qualifiers as we have a tough autumn with games in Ireland and Scotland, as well as playing Poland at home. We want to gain momentum from the game against Australia to take into the game in Georgia. The team can't just turn up expecting to win. You have to have patience after such a long break but we need to get results."
"Results need to come and I expect that, because we are capable of better performances," "Australia has always been a sporting country that never stops working. Socceroos performance at the Asian Cup was great. Australia had a typically British style, with long-balls, but now you don't see that. They play good football," said Löw.Joachim Löw impressed by Ange Postecoglou's Asian champions - from foxsports.com.au
"In 2010 it was obvious they were very defensively-minded, playing the long-ball game - typically British I would almost say - long balls forward and trying to win the second balls," Löw said. "These days no longer, with the new coach."Emre Can could receive first Germany call-up next season - Joachim Low
Jogi explained his more conservative squad selection. An agreement has been made with U21 coach Horst Hrubesch that players such as Emre Can, Max Meyer, Leon Goretzka and Kevin Volland will play at the Under-21 Euros in June
"We have made changes through those who have come back from injuries and there will maybe be more changes in the upcoming season. But right now, I don't see the necessity to bring in new players," Löw said.Asked about omitted Mario Gomez, he replied "We always keep an eye on him. If Mario finds his rhythm and is playing and scoring regularly then he'll obviously be an option looking ahead to the Euros. He has a lot of quality in the box. It's important that he's flexible. We have different types of players. Every position has to be filled no matter what type of player is playing."
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"It's anyone's guess whether he was partying or not," Low told reporters ahead of Wednesday's friendly with Australia.Low also defended his decision to call up Lukas Podolski, despite the on-loan Gunners forward having struggled to find form at Inter in 2015.
"I saw his match against Cesena in the stadium and then spoke to Lukas the following day," Low said. "The match was revived when he came on at half time. He is overall in better physical shape, but of course he has had initial difficulties in Italy.In the open question session, Jogi was asked about the breaking Germanwings plane tragedy. Jogi, naturally, spoke of the horror he felt, as we all do, at the news. However, personally, I think such a question had no place at a live football press conference at a time when the Head of State of the country had yet to make an official statement.
Der Tag in Frankfurt
Jogi arrives at the team hotel in Frankfurt - 23 March 2015
Baustellen und ein "heißer Herbst" für Löw und Co.
Germany mull problem areas for Socceroos clash - 22 March 2015
"The team which won the World Cup doesn't exist any more, that was a unique constellation where everything fitted perfectly," said Löw.Immediate talking points of the squad are returns, after long-term injuries, for Holger Badstuber and Ilkay Gundogan. Jogi had announced through the press the day before that Lukas Podolski would be in the squad. - 20 March 2015
The squad will be led by captain Bastian Schweinsteiger of FC Bayern, who is back in the DFB-Team for the first time since the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina following injuries.
German international boss Jogi Low says Lukas Podolski needs the squad's support, and is refusing to drop him.
Löw über Podolski"Er hat immer noch unser Vertrauen" - 19 March 2015
Joachim Löw has faced Australia twice before as Bundestrainer, the last time being a 2-1 defeat in a 2011 friendly.
Last updated 31 March 2015