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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Parc des Princes, Paris
Euro 2016, Group C

"We played well but it should have been a more emphatic result."

Mario Gomez 29'

Germany win Group C on goal difference, and move into the Round of Sixteen to face one of three third-place sides to be known Wednesday night.

1-0 against Northern Ireland: Germany finish top of the Group
Germany edge past Northern Ireland to win Group C

Germany tops group after 1-0 win over Northern Ireland

Germany push on with Gomez on the button
World champions prevail despite goalkeeping heroics from Michael McGovern

"We created a lot of very good chances but wasted them. Our opponents had no goalscoring opportunities. We simply need to be more purposeful and consistent."

Löw: Gomez gives Germany something different - from UEFA.com

"Mario Gomez scored the [winning] goal, which confirmed what we'd seen in training during the week. It was good to try a different type of player up front: a real nine instead of a 'false' nine. He likes to stay in the centre and that was important because they kept it compact and it gave them something to think about, freeing up people like Thomas Müller to get on the end of a couple of chances."
Thomas Müller will end Germany goal drought - Joachim Löw
"I'm not worried about Thomas Muller not scoring," Löw said. "If he'd not had any chances I'd be more worried, but he had three or four really good ones and that shows that we're doing well.
Germany's Löw hopeful Boateng will be fit for last 16
"I don't know exactly about Boateng. I hope the medical staff will succeed and I assume he will play in the next game," Löw said.
He said Boateng had felt his calf at halftime and that he had decided to take him off as a precautionary measure.
"The risk is too high and if something happens in the calf it means two or three weeks out for him so I didn't want to take that risk especially as Northern Ireland were not too dangerous in their attacks."
Löw: "We totally dominated the match"
"We totally dominated the match. I was happy with the offensive action, our possession play and the increasing tempo. We were a lot better in the last third, with our runs forward, tempo and passing play. We penetrated their defence a lot more. However, I was disappointed that we did not make the most of our chances."

On Joshua Kimmich, he said "He did very well on the big stage. He made really good runs, was a good outlet on the right flank, and kept their defence very busy. I did not detect any nerves in him, he is very clever and self-confident, was strong in the tackle, and made a lot of movement going forward."

Jogi added "I believe that we can carry this result over into the next match, because our next opponent will also play very defensively. Sometimes teams can play up to five or six players in their back line, so you have to really penetrate."

Joachim Löw: Ich freue mich auf die K.o.-Runden - a post-match interview in which he calls the three clean sheets in the Group stage "gratifying".

Post-match analysis:
Victorious Germany dominate but Northern Ireland keep the score down
Germany a mixture of brilliance and fragility as Michael McGovern highlights their flaws

And on potential Round of Sixteen opponents:
"It is a bit early for me to be talking about potential opponents, because it is all very complicated. We lost against Slovakia 3-1 in our preparation for the tournament, so we know what to expect. Urs Siegenthaler has seen Albania play one or two times. I am just really looking forward to the knockout round - there is a lot at stake, and so the tension is high."

Als Gruppensieger zurück nach Evian - travelling to and from the match
Post-match interview with ARD and one from the mixed zone

Starting line-up:
Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng (Benedikt Höwedes), Mats Hummels, Jonas Hector, Sami Khedira (Bastian Schweinsteiger), Toni Kroos, Mesut Özil, Thomas Müller, Mario Götze (Andre Schürrle), Mario Gomez

Joachim Löw made two changes from the game against Poland. Mario Gomez starting up front as striker (Julian Draxler was omitted), and Joshua Kimmich replacing Benedikt Höwedes for his first competitive start for Germany.

An interview with Jogi on Sportschau, 20 June 2016

Krank - Löw nicht bei der Pressekonferenz - 20 June 2016
The team flew to Paris on Monday morning, and during the afternoon it was announced that Joachim Löw would not be hosting the UEFA pre-match press conference due to a cold, being replaced by Thomas Schneider. He was later pictured sneezing at training!

PK und Abschlusstraining in Paris

Training, Evian-les-Bains, 19 June 2016

A rainy training session today, which included a visit from Lucien Favre.

Warum ist Joachim Löw eigentlich so entspannt? - Berlin Morgenpost comments on Jogi's 'new' relaxed demeanour. - 19 June 2016
Though hardly mindblowing insight that a World Cup win would make one more relaxed professionally, contrary to belief Jogi has often inserted humour into a press conference - remember the Maradona 'cigar' in 2010?

Press Conference, Evian-les-Bains, 18 June 2016

Looking relaxed and often breaking out into a smile, Joachim Löw spoke, on his own, for over forty minutes this morning. He told the journalists present that he did not consider this work, and in fact enjoyed holding such press conferences.

The players will have a day off today, arranged regardless of the Poland result, and Jogi explained why. "It was the plan all along, regardless of the result against Poland. We've trained every single day since arriving in Evian. Now is the time to release some of the tension and regenerate. We still have two days of training before the Northern Ireland game. For us, this tournament is seven weeks long and therefore it's good to have a day where you can enjoy your freedom and do the things you like to. But this doesn't mean that concentration will be lacking. On Sunday we will begin our preparation for the game with full focus. If you're constantly under tension at a tournament, you won't have a chance to win it."

Löw: Despite Poland setback 'we will win the group'

"The spirit in the team is good, everybody is focused," he said.
The coach stressed that Thursday's draw was nothing more than a minor setback."We intend to win against Northern Ireland and we will win. We will win the group."

Löw laughs off Ballack criticism

"Things repeat themselves so much," said Löw. "The discussion conjures a smile from me. In 2014 there was the discussion that we have no leading players.
"Then we were world champions and they were suddenly the great leading players. Now we play a 0-0 and have this discussion again. The players have great leadership.""We'd planned to have this day off. It's important to switch off sometimes as well," he added. "It is important that players get away from it completely and clear your head.
Euro 2016 format has taken the excitement away, says Germany boss Joachim Löw
"The 16 teams was ideal. It made for great matches from day one," said Löw.
"This is a different situation and a return to the old system is obviously not possible anymore. So we have to accept that."
"There are teams playing ultra defensively. But they do that well," said Löw.
"The smaller nations like Albania or Wales are defensively very well schooled. They see their chance in that, so that is why we had only up to two goals per game until yesterday's Spain win (3-0) over Turkey."
"Teams with one point from two matches still have a chance for the round of 16," said Low.
"That is not very fair but it is what it is. So we just have to accept it and use the time we have to prepare for any opponent."
Löw questions whether German youngsters ready
"They do all what is required of them and they do well in training, but you can feel 'this is the national team' - they need to get used to the tempo and the quality," said Löw.
"You have to find the right point in time.
"A game where there is a lot going on is an especially pressure situation for a young player."
Germany have no scoring problem, will top group: Löw
"Our team in all the matches creates chances. I don't see it as a fundamental problem for us. It just appeared in that one match," Löw said."We always scored many goals. I don't see an attacking problem after one game."
"The problem was not Götze or Gomez," Löw said. "The problem was we did not play our game coming from deep, we did not do our runs down the pitch."
He said teams need players who can dribble past defenders in one-on-one situations to break open the packed backlines against defensive-minded teams in the tournament.
"We need players to take on one-on-ones," he said."Dribblers today are an important factor for teams at this Euro because some teams, as feared, are defensively very deep and are defending with nine or 10. Northern Ireland defend with a six-man line and three in front. We do not have many who can do that (one-on-one). Our team operates with passing and combinations. So because we don't have many one-on-one players we have to combine and plan our runs."
Löw on criticism, Northern Ireland and Italy omens
(On a potential quarter-final with bogey team Italy) - "In 2006, they started awfully and won the World Cup. Now they have made a bright start ... that gives me hope."
Other points from dfb.de:

the 0-0 draw with Poland - Our defence was good, but in the final third we couldn't find a breakthrough and criticism is justified here. Often we lacked numbers in the box, played high balls forward which worked in Poland's favour. But we can also live with this point quite well. We succeeded in defending as a team and barely allowed any chances. Unfortunately we couldn't find the right timing and pace going forward. We addressed this problem with the team and it's a good approach to work on improving it.

the fitness of his team - Physically the team is in a good state. The things that didn't go well against Poland didn't have any specific reasons.

Jerome Boateng - Jerome has been a leading figure in our team for a while now. He was already in great shape back at the World Cup in 2014 and produced a decisive performance in the final, allowing us to win the title. His development has been very, very good. I liked the fact that he voiced criticism after the Poland game. He engrosses the leading role in the team and has a feeling for how things will unfold. He is very highly regarded within the team and obviously a world class defender.

making changes to his starting line-up - There certainly could be changes. I'm currently debating that myself.

next opponents Northern Ireland - They are one of the surprise teams so far this tournament. They have an unbelievable fighting spirit and unbelievable energy. They are a very dangerous side and have players in their squad, who can cover a lot of ground and are good in the air. Their defence is also very solid.

Asked whether it was possible that Philipp Lahm could return to the national team, Jogi said that his retirement was final, and this had to be accepted.

Löw lauds Spain who "always show class - even in defeat"

"Spain have a lot of class in their team, and it's always been that way - not just yesterday... In 2014 they ended up being eliminated, but even then their style of play was firstclass", Löw said today from the team's base in Evian.
The coach also complimented Spain for their great versatility, "They apply that style of football to great effect", he said but added that it would be difficult for his team take a leaf out of Spain's book as both have completely different styles. "Barcelona play like Spain, but Real Madrid employ a similar style but in a different way".

Training, Evian-les-Bains, 17 June 2016

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