"We won the group and can be happy about that, but I am not satisfied with the last two matches."
Germany - Thomas Müller 50', Max Kruse 79'
Georgia - Jaba Kankava 53'
Germany win their match, finish Group D in top stop qualifying automatically for Euro 2016, and that, on the day, was all that matters!!!
Germany ride their luck to qualify - from UEFA.com
"We are like a boxer at the moment. We're landing punches but they're not knocking the opponent out."Löw: World-class Neuer saved below-par Germany
"We can draw the same conclusions as against Ireland," he told reporters."We have again missed three or four chances at the beginning and then came the frustration. From there, some errors crept in and we had big trouble in the second half."Reus misses sum up Germany's problems - Löw
"Marco is usually an excellent player, who would not miss such opportunities," said Löw."He has a lot of quality, but he has not taken two or three big chances. Again in this game we have not taken the variety of opportunities we created."Germany will rediscover killer instinct for Euro 2016 - Löw
"We know that is not what we demand from ourselves. Not the way we are currently operating in front of goal. We made our own life difficult," Loew told reporters. "We sang the same song as in Ireland. Three, four huge chances early on and then the mistakes start creeping in," he said. "First of all, we are satisfied with the qualification but not satisfied with our last two games. That is not our standard. We have work ahead of us."Match analysis from bleacherreport.com
Bundestrainer Löw im Gespräch: "Wir brauchen keinen neuen Hrubesch"
the World Cup we were more efficient. We have good finishers. Marco Reus, Thomas Schürrle and Thomas Müller can all score, and when one of them is in form and has the confidence I am happy putting them as strikers. It's good when you have somebody who can score inside the box, but we can't allow ourselves to think that we need another Horst Hrubesh. Our game should be set up the same way as it has been up until now. We don't want to just be swinging balls in when there can be a method to our play. Players like Selke or Mario Gomez also aren't the best in the air, so it's better to use a combination." - from dfb.de
When asked if anything needed 'fixing', he replied "We have the problem that we play very well down the middle. The full backs are taught to defend at their own clubs. Jonas Hector does the job well, but at Köln he is a defender who plays on the break. We lacked the burst down the wing, and when we did break, we went down the middle. When the opposition sit back, you need one-on-one players. Emre Can, Matthias Ginter or Hector are very alert defensively, but they lack the forward going aspect of the game."
Jogi's post-match remarks about his full-backs lead to the usual over-exaggeration in the media, with claims of an 'attack' on his players and Jogi 'stirring things up' for their clubs:
While Joachim Löw himself has admitted that he was not fully happy with the performance last night, the usual doom-and-gloom merchants have naturally come out of hibernation after the game, believing that what they saw last night somehow has dented all chances at Euro 2016.
The Final Group table can be found on my Euro 2016 Qualifying Campaign Index
Starting Line-Up:Manuel Neuer, Jonas Hector, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Matthias Ginter, Toni Kroos, Ilkay Gundogan, Marco Reus (Karim Bellarabi), Mesut Ozil, Thomas Müller, Andre Schürrle (Max Kruse)
The only change from the Ireland game was Andre Schürrle replacing injured Mario Götze.
Training, RB Arena, Leipzig, 10 October 2015
Abschlusstraining in Leipzig
"There won't be many changes from the team that faced Ireland," Löw told reporters at a press conference on Saturday. "We're creating chances, that's the most important thing. But we need to sharpen our concentration."We were disappointed about not getting a result in Dublin. But I don't think that anything dramatic has happened. We were disappointed, but at the same time we're confident that we will bounce back.
About a potential arrogance in the team "Not one of our players is showing signs of arrogance. I never had that feeling about my team. We became erratic during the game with Ireland, but not arrogant. Perhaps the lack of concentration also played a part. The fact is, we don't always have a lot of time to practice so we have to strengthen our players mentally through conversations. The team has to learn to take better advantage of their chances and score goals early. Otherwise we give the opposition confidence. Our game in the final third has to improve."
"I have no doubts on our idea of how to play the game. We will sit down and discuss what areas of our game didn't work so well and try to improve them. Our defence has looked solid lately, but we made one mistake in our last game. If you look at the statistics, you will see that we require too many chances to score. Our efficiency has not been on point in the last year and we need to work on that. We have to take every chance, as if it was the only chance we had in the game. Our control of the game is excellent, but we aren't as clinical as we once were."
He also spoke of the team's shock that Mario Götze has been ruled out for up to twelve weeks - "We were shocked to hear how severe the injury really was. He had just rediscovered a good form, not just with us, but also at his club FC Bayern. Therefore we are all very sad for him."
"For Bastian it looks like he may not be able to make it in time for Sunday," Low told reporters. "Two to three days, that's how long he needs to rest so it will be very, very tight."A decision on whether he can play or not Sunday evening will be made at short notice. If he is 100% fit, then he will start.
Leipzig as the venue for the match - Leipzig is a great venue for our team, as we've celebrated a lot of success here already. We look forward to the game and to the fans, who will give us great support once again.
Strikers such as Klose and Gomez - We've had this discussion for a few years now. Do their styles of play fit into our team? Mario Gomez definitely has a lot of quality and he remains a prospect for this team. Our team is able to create goals from open play and it's important for me that a player fits into our philosophy.
The tactical focus of his full backs - Our tactical focus should not be to keep playing balls back into the centre. Our full backs have different qualities to going into one-on-one situations. Jonas Hector has often proven that he can work his way out of a tricky situation. I can't expect Hector to go off on one dribble after the other in order to spread out the opposition. He finds a different solution.
The lacking quality from the bench - I don't see it like that. During a tournament, it's difficult to compensate for a poor game or a mistake, but during the qualification period it's possible. We have players coming on from the bench who also bring fresh impulses to the team, even if some of them aren't playing to their absolute best currently.
Leading figures in the team - You always look out for players who take matters into their own hands. We lost three important players after the World Cup, but apart from Bastian Schweinsteiger, we have players who are leading figures within the team. Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller and Jerome Boateng are certainly among them. Sami Khedira has a lot of influence on the team as well, even if he isn't playing as much recently.
With thanks to dfb.de
Ankunft in Leipzig - 9 October 2015
Mario Götze out for ten to twelve weeks
"Alle bleiben im Hotel": Löw streicht Nationalspielern den freien Abend
And on the final qualifier, the head coach said: "In Leipzig we want to put on a strong performance to round off the qualification in front of our home fans. We won't underestimate the Georgian's, we will take them seriously and prepare fully. They have nothing to lose and will give everything against the World Champions. Leipzig is a special place for us to play; the fans love to watch the national team there. For me personally, our third-placed play-off match during the 2005 Confederations Cup against Mexico [4-3 after extra time] will always remain a special memory for me." - from dfb.de
The full squad for the October internationals can be found on my Ireland page.
Last updated 1 November 2015