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After dominating most of the game, Germany lose to a single long-ball goal from Ireland, leaving Group D to move into a final climatic showdown between Germany, Poland and Ireland on Sunday for the two automatic places.
"I can't fault the team's fighting spirit, but we failed to show the composure and quality to score goals. We were the dominant side, but couldn't make the dominance count. In the second half, we were a bit too careless. We lacked the final ball. Then we make one solitary mistake and concede the goal.
Mario Götze will definitely not be playing on Sunday. For Bastian Schweinsteiger, we'll have to wait and see. The chances are slim though."
"At the end of the day we were lacking the final touch, the final pass never arrived and then we go and make a mistake and concede a goal and this should never have happened with such possession," said Löw.Löw laments 'unexpected, unnecessary' defeat
"We had a lot of chances and did not convert them, and then we make one mistake and get punished," he said to RTL after his side had to wait until the final 10 minutes to record their first shot on target.Germany manager Joachim Löw believes defeat against Ireland was 'unnecessary'
"Overall, it was the most unnecessary defeat that we have had to accept in the last few years."Eine der unnötigsten Niederlagen der letzten Jahre" - a post-match interview
Jogi said that Bastian Schweinsteiger would have played had he been fit, but his absence was not the cause of the defeat, as they have other excellent players to take his place.
In the hours following the match, Jogi's '99 Long Balls' comment (seen in the DFB press conference below) came in for considerable criticism from the Irish media with great umbrage being taken by some fans and even apologies demanded at his comment on their tactics. Having probably watched more Joachim Löw's interviews than all of the Irish section at the Aviva Stadium combined, I saw his comments as nothing more than frustration at the loss, and surely for that the Irish should take it as a compliment? It is Jogi's right to talk about any tactics, good or bad, his opponents use and their belief it gives them the right to personally deride him, when his comment were purely football based, smacks of the very churlishness of which he was being accused.
The Real Specialists in Bitterness - my comments on the Irish comments on Jogi's comments
Starting Line-Up:Manuel Neuer, Jonas Hector, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Matthias Ginter (Karim Bellarabi), Toni Kroos, Ilkay Gundogan (Kevin Volland), Marco Reus, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Müller, Mario Götze (Andre Schürrle)
Joachim Löw made two changes from the last game against Scotland. Matthias Ginter came in for Emre Can at right-back, and Marco Reus returned in place of Bastian Schweinsteiger who had withdrawn after suffering an injury in training.
Joachim Löw to field a settled Germany side against Ireland
"There will be no too many changes. The team played very well in the two games against Poland and Scotland in September so while I am thinking about the odd position, you can take it for granted that there will not be many changes."'They play more imaginatively than the Scots' - Germany coach talks up Ireland
"We don't always get a 6-1 result - it was very much matches of attrition [in past encounters between Ireland and Germany].They're stronger physically than Scotland. They play more imaginatively in attack than the Scots. So we have to look out for that. They know how to make life difficult for the opposition, they're very robust and they can also play on the counter."Pre-match preparation - Psychological rehabilitation was not required. It was not as bad as portrayed by the media. Players totally able to put bad results behind them. This happens every time national team meet up, there are some winners from the weekend game and there are some losers. Dortmund players handled defeat to Bayern Munich well. Germany has a really united squad and they are now focused on international football. On the recent controversy over Mats Hummels speaking out after Dortmund's defeat, he said Mats was perfectly entitled to voice criticism, as he did not single out any individual player, only team tactics and preparation. When speaking next, Mats thanked Jogi for his support, pointing out that he had also included himself in the criticism, a fact that the media conveniently chose to ignore.
The full back situation - Has no concerns at all. There may be opportunities to change around these positions, and give some other players some young experience. Jonas Hector is still very young and has played well in the national team so far. Matthias Ginter and Antonio Rüdiger are other examples. We can't expect them to replace world class players like Philipp Lahm, but they need time and must learn. I don't have a problem with giving them a chance and trying new things.
Mario Götze has shown in the last few games just how important he is. There may have been a time when he wasn't happy at Bayern, but it was internally spoken about and I know that Pep Guardiola likes to rotate his players so as not to burden anyone in particular. For teams like Barcelona/Bayern Munich/Real Madrid, it is only natural to have 15-18 world class players at disposal, naturally some have to sit on bench. This will mean some players don't always play. I think he did very well with both of his goals against Poland, he emulated a striker with the confidence he showed. I have always said that there is no doubt about him, he fits into our game plan very well. Has never doubted his abilities, Mario is a multi-use player and will remain so.
He was asked about the sad news of Gerd Müller's Alzheimer's diagnosis. Jogi called him quite simply the greatest German forward of all time, goal ratio in all the Bundesliga, European and international football is incredible. However now is the time for his privacy to be observed with as little comment passed as possible.
Somewhat inevitably the first question asked in English was on Jürgen Klopp, strongly linked with the vacant Liverpool job, with the additional question of whether Jogi would at any point in the future be interested in coaching in the Premier League.
"I think there are strong parallels between Dortmund and Liverpool with the passion and size of their support," he said.However as far as he personally is concerned, he has a contract with the DFB until 2018, not looking at anything else beyond that at this stage.
He is not irritated about Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund game taking place on the Sunday so close to the national squad meeting up. It would have been nicer had they had one more day rest but in the end it doesn't matter.
Löw: "Die Tür ist absolut nicht zu"
Löw: "Doesn't plan on making many changes" - a summary of the press conference on dfb.de
Tag Eins in Dublin - from tv.dfb.de
Lukas Podolski to miss Internationals - 6 October 2015
After a diagnosis from the DFB medical team, Lukas Podolski will play no part the internationals due to an ankle injury sustained in Turkey.
Löw und 15 Spieler fehlen beim DFB-Training
Trifft Mario Gomez bald wieder für die Nationalmannschaft? - Jogi speaks on arrival in Frankfurt
Löw von Gomez' Leistungen angetan
Viel Erholung für Liga-Verlierer - 5 October 2015
Löw said he noticed a few tired faces when the squad started to arrive at the team base in Frankfurt on Monday - less than 24 hours after playing for their respective clubs - and he has just two sessions before the flight to Dublin."That's never been the case before and we still have a difficult programme ahead of us," Löw told SID, an AFP subsidiary.The only change in the squad from last month's internationals is Bernd Leno, who takes one of the goal-keeping spots from Ron-Robert Zieler. - 2 October 2015
"We want to bring our qualifying campaign to a serious and focused conclusion."The only thing we're concerned about is finishing top of the group and secure direct passage to the Euros," said the head coach. "Once qualification is over, we have a new situation where we will definitely be experimenting." - from dfb.de
German manager Joachim Löw: We'll be going for a win in Dublin - from Herald.ie - 9 September 2015
We're in a very, very good position, so even a draw in Ireland would be enough for us, but we never go into a game with that attitude. We want to win in Ireland and qualify in style. - from dfb.de
The home qualifier, played last October, ended in a 1-1 draw.
Last updated 13 October 2015