Euro 2016 Qualifying Campaign Index


Monday, 7 September 2015

Hampden Park, Glasgow
Euro 2016 Group D Qualifier

"We dominated the match, and didn't give Scotland any chances from open play."

Germany - Thomas Müller 18', 34', Ilkay Gundogan 53'
Scotland - Mats Hummels 28' (og), James McArthur 43'

After maximum points in the two September qualifiers, Germany now need only one point from their remaining two games to secure an automatic place in France!

On a personal note, the victory also took Jogi's competitive win percentage rate in his 75th game to an impressive 80%.

Jogi speaks to Sky Sports UK
- his first, I believe, post-match interview entirely in English
Gundogan wins five-goal thriller
World Champions edge towards Euros with 3-2 win in Scotland
Bravehearts beaten, Löw's lions prevail

Germany break Scotland's hearts in Euro 2016 qualifying
World champions too strong despite battling Scotland effort from Herald Scotland

Hosts' qualification hopes dashed in thriller

And from Germany:
Nun kann Joachim Löw für die EM 2016 plannen
Müller-Gala im Hampden Park

Germany's Thomas Müller piles pain on Scotland

"It was a difficult game, because Scotland didn't contribute much in an attacking sense. For that reason, we had to find a balance between dynamic play and patience. Our goal was to pick up six points from the two games, which we have done" Joachim Löw Delighted With Win Over Scotland

"The objective of Poland and this game was six points and that is exactly what we have done," Löw is quoted as saying by ESPN FC. "So I am proud to say that we have made big steps towards France in 2016."
"As far as this particular match is concerned, it was anything but easy for long stretches of the game particularly as Scotland were practically surrounding their own box, operating long balls and hoping for dead ball situations in front of our box.
"We largely controlled this game and didn't allow Scotland any chances in open play. We were in possession most of the time and the win was well-deserved."
Müller has a sixth sense - Löw
"Muller has a sixth sense," Germany coach Low told reporters. "He only thinks of scoring, scoring and scoring. You can't teach that."
"Of course I expect us to qualify at the next opportunity," Low responded when asked what result he is predicting in Dublin.
"I am very happy we won tonight, too. It was difficult for us but, at the end of the match, the reality is that we were the better team.
"We expected them to do everything because it was maybe their last chance to qualify."
Löw: "I never had any doubt" - an interview on
Joachim Löw spoke of achieving his aim this week - six points and a huge step towards qualifying. "I never had any doubt. I was always convinced we'd be able to qualify, but even I was surprised how quickly the team could take things in when I had a full crop of players. They only needed three or four training sessions to make things work, which is one of this side's key strengths. Last year we rotated the team a lot, so you couldn't demand too much of them. This week, however, I've been convinced that the team is very strong. When we're given time, things work very well."

He was also asked about two of his team - Ilkay Gundogan, who replaced Karim Bellarabi in the starting line up, and Emre Can, in his second game for his country.
[Ilkay Gundogan] linked up very well with Özil in the second half against Poland. Ilkay is an excellent player in the middle of the pitch because of his superb touch and control. After a long injury lay-off, he's only played two international matches, but they were both very satisfying performances. I'm delighted to have him back, and in both matches it's been clear to see how valuable he is."
"You can't expect too much from someone after just two games. It was his [Emre Can's] first time in the squad and he saw how different it is to the U21s. He starts plays well, he makes good challenges, he's physically very strong and he has class on the ball. Of course there are things to improve on and he needs to be guided in the right direction, but he's still very young and I'm pleased with his performances in both games."
He said he was not worried about the goals conceded, both game from set pieces and from open play Scotland were not allowed any chances. He explained the difficulty of facing a team with eight or nine men behind the ball, but that Germany had the game under control.

Germany close on Euro 2016; Joachim Löw and co. increasingly confident - a review of Germany's international break and the personnel issus that lie ahead

Confident Löw predicts Germany win in Ireland

An edited video of the Jogi footage from the match.

Post-match press conference

Post-match interview on RTL

Starting Line-Up:
Manuel Neuer, Jonas Hector, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Emre Can, Toni Kroos, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ilkay Gundogan, Mesut Ozil (Christoph Kramer), Thomas Müller, Mario Götze (Andre Schürrle)

Jogi named only one change from the side that had started against Poland. Ilkay Gundogan replacing Karim Bellarabi.

Wird Joachim Löw bester Bundestrainer aller Zeiten? Die EM ist eine "Etappe", die WM 2018 das Ziel - 7 September 2015
"Will Joachim Löw become the best Bundestrainer of all time?" asks

Training, Hampden Park, Glasgow, 6 September 2015

Press Conference, Glasgow, 6 September 2015, with Manuel Neuer

Arriving at the press conference straight from the flight from Frankfurt for his first ever visit to Scotland as Bundestrainer, Joachim Löw spoke of his excitement at being in Glasgow (even though at first glance, he did look rather cold!). He had never previously visited Hampden Park, either as a coach or a player, but knows the unique atmosphere there will be there, and the passion of the Scots who will be fully behind their team.

Joachim Löw wary of Scotland threat to Germany

"Going to Hampden is a first for me," said Low. "I haven't been fortunate enough to go there as a player or coach. I'm looking forward to it, with the unique atmosphere, pride and passion of not just the Scottish players but the Scottish public.
"I don't think Scotland losing to Georgia will be of any advantage to us, not in the least. That won't do their fighting spirit or passion any damage at all."
Löw added: "I know that the squad and the coach will be disappointed about that result, but, if anything, it will make them even more dangerous.
"I think they will quickly put their Georgia defeat aside and they will want to reboot themselves and their team. Whenever they are up against elite opponents, Germany, England or other big-time opposition, they give everything they've got from the first minute to the last. The crowd will get behind their team as one man especially as Scotland are fighting their last chance in many eyes. They have fallen behind Poland and Ireland, but they will give everything they have got.
He had no injuries or fitness concerned from Friday night and thus there was no reason to change the line-up for Monday night as all players who were on the pitch performed admirably. However having said that, he might be 'tempted to change a few positions'.

When asked about Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels: "The performance against Poland was good and tactically they were also sound. Jerome and Mats both meet the requirements for world class centre-backs. Their forward movement is good, they can build attacks, they make good challenges for the ball and deny the opposition chance to launch counter attacks. Both players are immensely important for our attacking game and for our defence."

Jonas Hector was voted man of match on DFB website for Friday, he was sked how did he feel about the full backs "Very content that we have several options, Can had a good debut, had good situation, needs improving, pretty good job not in usual position. Will leave line-up open for time being, see what today's training session brings. Also looking for players to bring on as subs. Gundogan, for example, did this brilliantly against Poland, added and brought on a great deal of stability to side, and that is what he wants in a substitute. The position of left and right back continues to be difficult, as Philipp Lahm was the role model for both positions, and now he has retired it is difficult to replace him on a one-to-one basis. However Jonas Hector and Emre Can are players that we are closely watching and will continue working with them. They themselves know they need to improve for 2016, but I am fairly confident."

Jens Lehmann TV criticism of a and 'lack of pace' in the German team was swuiftly countered by Jogi. "The truth is both backs were moving up high in Poland game, leaving team somewhat vulnerable at the back. This helped Poland score their goal. Polish chances resulted from Germany losing possession too easily and some misplaced passes, had conceded almost identical goal against a previous opponent." He hinks it is not a matter of being quick of the mark generally speaking but being mentally alert and that is what counts in elite football. With Can having moved up, other players should have realised there was a danger so space was wide open. Does not think pace is an issue with German, incredibly fast players like Boateng, Hummels and the ones up front, so what counts is not physical pace but mental alertness, being able to read the game and quickly making the right decisions.

Ilkay Gundogan - when he came on as substitute, it made all the difference in midfield defensive stability. He had already seen in the training sessions that they had had that he is now back to the form of two years ago in that he was oustanding in Amsterdam and Paris. This is what makes him an outstanding player, agile, quick on the turn, happy to have such an outstanding player back especially with Sami Khedira's injuries. Ilkay is definitely going to be one of his men for the European Championships and the 2018 World Cup.

Löw unworried by Gotze's Bayern troubles

Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze's seemingly uncertain club future is of little concern to Germany coach Joachim Low.
Germany coach Joachim Low says Mario Gotze remains key to his plans despite the midfielder's club future at Bayern Munich appearing far from certain.
Gotze's late goal against Argentina won Germany the World Cup in Brazil last year and Low says he remains the man for the big occasion.
"It's difficult to talk about Mario Gotze's situation in Munich. Perhaps there is even more competition for him, with, for example, [Robert] Lewandowski," Low told reporters ahead of Monday's qualifier with Scotland. "I've talked with him on the phone many times. He is a top professional and he lives for football."
"Sure, at Bayern there is a lot of competition, but even there he will still play a lot of games during the season. With us, Mario has always given everything. I trust him. I told him to persevere and fight," he added. "You will often see a young player have something of a hangover following a major tournament.
"But Mario is my man for important games. He has a knack of scoring when you need it most, he is technically good and can play in a number of different positions."
Finally, he was asked whether there are any other iconic places he would like to visit, now having added Hampden Park to his stadium list. Jogi replied always special to play there in Scotland or Great Britain with very fair minded fans. But he immediately said Rio was special and will always remember the stadium. A place he would like to add would be the Stade de France in Paris next year. Though Jogi has already been there as Bundestrainer, in 2013, it was totally understood what he meant!

A summary of the press conference from

Germany: The highs and Loews of the world champions in Scotland - a review from a Scottish point of view as Herald Scotland describes Jogi calmly parting the crowd as "a stampede of photographers scurried to within inches of him, setting off a cacophony of flashing lights and clattering shutters", and compares the press conference more to the red carpet of a Hollywood premiere.

Ankunft in Glasgow und PK - from

EM-Qualifikation gegen Schottland: Jogi Löw startet Mission "Bravehearts"

Germany full of confidence as Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland beckons - 5 September 2015
Löw: "We want to win in Scotland"

It will be a totally different game [from Poland], because Scotland will be forced to play attacking football if they are to keep pace at the top of the standings after their defeat in Georgia. We will be prepared and highly focused in order to play a good game and also win in Scotland.
He spoke of him scoring on his debut against Brazil in Stuttgart, added that young players will always have their highs and lows, especially after major tournaments and said he had told him to toughen up and sure his time at Bayern Munich will come.

Brazil triumph still burns strong for Löw as he anticipates fiery encounters - 2 September 2015
Herald Scotland summarises Jogi's recent interviews.

"The development of the game has been rapid in recent years. Otherwise we would still be measuring all things against Brazil.
"You can have the greatest individual talents, but that alone is not enough. Other nations have made major steps forward. "Ninety per cent of teams we play are physically strong, tactically well trained and defensively organized excellently. The first intention is to defend and destroy the game. In most games, it's so that we are facing a wall. Therefore, our progress must be to find offensive solutions."
"Using a crowbar would be the worst thing you could do.
"This is precisely the challenge: not to use force, but to make the game itself. "There are only a few big clubs and countries in a position to do this and it is what makes home games an ordeal for some teams.
"Great teams look forward to this. And that's our philosophy. We want to have the ball. We want to act."

Germany manager Joachim Löw vows to deliver victory against Scotland and Poland - 1 September 2015

Super-confident Low has predicted two wins out of two which will put them top of Group D.
He said: "We are one point behind Poland and when we win that game, we go clear at the top. And we will win again when we play Scotland.
"In both games we won't overload the attack. That would be the wrong way to play these countries.
"We want to have plenty of the ball and work very hard, but we cannot just charge recklessly forward.
"The aim of the teams in our group is to be physically strong, be tactically well-organised in defence and their aim is to spoil our game. We have to find a way to break them down.
"Last year we did not play in the style of world champions. To be honest, I actually expected a drop in performances - it was to be expected after such a big high.
"We know now what is at stake in our two matches with Poland and Scotland. We will win."
Germany boss Joachim Löw says he is ready for hot reception at Hampden - 29 August 2015

When naming his squad for the September qualifiers, which can be found on my Poland match page, Joachim Löw spoke of his Scottish opponents:
"They have long moved on from relying on their physicality. They play very good football, and always look to play their way out of trouble. Furthermore, they have kept their traditional strengths. They work very hard, have high levels of motivation, and always demand a good performance. In terms of volume, we are expecting a hostile atmosphere in Glasgow, as the Scottish fans will passionately support their team right up to the final whistle."

Last updated 9 September 2015
With thanks to everyone on the Group, especially Susanne, Silke and Lucille.
Particular thanks to Sarah for capturing the UK interview!
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