A scoreless draw at the Stade de France mean Germany need just to avoid defeat against Northern Ireland to move automatically into the knock-out stage, but Jogi is well aware his attack were not at their best.
"We have to live with the point though. We played well defensively and hardly allowed them any chances. However, we didn't really have any answers going forward. Both teams were solid at the back. Poland had one or two opportunities, but Manu didn't have to make a single save. We worked hard in midfield, but we were just lacking that final ball."
"In the attack today we could not create too many chances, the whole of our game in the last third wasn't fast enough," said Löw.Germany's Joachim Low: Facing Poland without a striker was a tactical choice
"I did not start Gomez because the Polish central defence is strong in the air, so I wanted low passing with Gotze," said Low -- who in Germany's two games has seen his side dominate possession without truly convincing.Joachim Löw was also asked about Germany's perceived 'second group game jinx', "I don't know. Poland were simply good today, that has nothing to do with it being the second game. I already said before the tournament that there are lots of hard-fought games in the group stage because teams are generally much more defensive whereas they need to take more risks in the knockouts."
"I don't know if that's a result of 24 teams entering but we see that the results are quite close," he said. "Many goals have been scored at the end of the game, like with France and Northern Ireland.""The results are very close because of the teams who are participating for the first time - it's obvious; it's the tournament of their lives."They invest everything they have and do what they are good at. They defend and wait for their chance and counter-attacks.That's what you expected, that the teams would fight and invest everything."Asked about Thomas Müller and Mesut Ozil not being as influential as usual, he replied "That does not worry me. Both players are always capable of introducing new approaches or impetus. Both have outstanding qualities. They did a lot of running against Poland but were a bit unlucky. I'm convinced that it will change."
Jogi also explained that they have a day longer until the next game and will use this to work on certain aspects, especially in attack.
"We're top of the group and can still finish in this position." he said "We'll do exactly what we set out to do against Northern Ireland."
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Manuel Neuer, Benedikt Höwedes, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Jonas Hector, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil, Julian Draxler (Mario Gomez), Mario Götze (Andre Schürrle)
There was only one change from the Ukraine game - the returning Mats Hummels replacing Shkodran Mustafi in the centre of defence.
Germany taking no risk with Mats Hummels for Poland clash
"Hummels trained with the team twice. However, neither day was a long session so it will be important to see how the last training goes this evening,'' Löw said Wednesday. ''We'll observe him and have a talk with him and then we'll have to come to a decision whether he can play or not. If he's not 100 percent and there's any doubt I won't take a risk."Germany is returning to the Stade de France for the first time since the stadium was targeted during its friendly with France in the attacks that killed 130 people in Paris on Nov. 13.
"Of course there were a few thoughts about it on the journey,'' Löw said of the side's return. ''Of course it all came back. But it isn't an issue. No one here has the feeling that they aren't safe. All the concentration and focus is on the game tomorrow."On his opponents Thursday night, Joachim Löw said "The coaching staff have looked at and analysed some situations from their matches against us and what we did not do well when we faced them in Poland. They are a well organised team who wait to attack on the counter. The team is set up to counter quickly - they do that better than our last opponents Ukraine. They go forward with a high tempo and are a strong side when they break, which we have experienced in the last two years. Poland have a good, compact team with outstanding individuals and many players from the Bundesliga, who our players know very well."
Jogi was also asked about Mario Götze and the striker position: "For me, Götze was not as bad as the critics made out. I think that he ran a crazy amount and did a lot for the team. Gomez has trained well and is in good form. Both would be ideal candidates for the game against Poland. I think that we will have more possession, Götze can combine well in tight spaces and Gomez is strong when we play down the wings. We will also look at where the opposition are vulnerable. If balls into the box from wide are ideal, then Mario Gomez is the perfect candidate. If the opposition have more problems in the centre, then Götze is very important in the middle as a pivot when the opponents sit on the edge of their box. But the final decision will also come down to my gut feeling."
Manuel Neuer will captain the side against Poland.
Speaking of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Jogi said his captain was making small steps forward every day in terms of his physical condition. He has worked hard in training, was a little tired at first but is now full of energy again, but does not have the strength to play a full 90 minutes. His role off the pitch however has become more and more important in recent years. "He is a leader, both on and off the pitch, very experienced - he has won everything at club level and is also a World Champion. Bastian is an important go-to guy for me because he thinks a lot about football. He has a great influence on our team."
And the inevitable question from a French journalist:
"I saw the pictures as well and obviously sometimes you do things subconsciously. It happened and I am sorry," said the World Cup-winning coach on the eve of Germany's Group C meeting with Poland in Paris on Thursday. "It was adrenaline and concentration. I will try to behave differently in the future."Don't go changing, Jogi, we love you just the way you are!
Summary of the press conference from dfb.de
So läuft ein Termin mit Jogi Löw - an interview from Sport-Bild, where Jogi plays recognise the famous rock guitar riff!
Training, Evian-les-Bains, 14 June 2016
Löw demands more ahead of Poland clash - 13 June 2016
"We have both won, so the game is really important for the future of the group," Löw said.
Last updated 19 June 2016