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Thursday, 16 June 2016

Stade de France, Saint-Denis, Paris
Euro 2016, Group c

"All in all, a draw is a fair result, but I'm not happy with it."

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.

Germany turn off the power against Poland to leave it tight in Group C

No thrills in Paris as Germany and Poland grind out a disappointing goalless draw.
Germany and Poland play to scoreless draw

Match report from Shoot.co.uk
Stalemate sees Ukraine first side eliminated - live ticker from the match

"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."

Germany plodded against Poland, says Löw

"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.
"There were nine or 10 Polish players behind the ball because we didn't play the ball quickly enough."
Despite the stalemate, Löw defended his decision to start the misfiring Mario Götze over his only other obvious striking option in Mario Gomez.
"Both sides were very strong defensively," he added."High balls in the penalty area that is what the Polish want."
"That is why for me the strategy was clear to put Götze in from the start to play the ball on the ground, but today we couldn't impose our game style."
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.
"Group stage matches are attrition battles. I expect more openings in the knockout stages."
"I was quite pleased with our defence but our attack did not really create many chances. But neither did they.Our game in the last third wasn't fast enough. We hesitated and by the time we got there suddenly there were 10 men behind the ball."
"Crosses and balls into the box, that's what Poland want because that's where their strength lies. Bringing Götze in made sense but we simply couldn't impose ourselves on the game. We needed to attack better."
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."

Euro newcomers are having the tournament of their lives, says Joachim Löw

"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."
"England have won in the end against Wales and that's what I expect to see, fights like that and sides who defend with 10 players."
Given the unpredictable nature of the tournament so far, Löw was hesitant over branding any one side as favourites, although he does feel his own side are among the frontrunners despite a shot-shy outing in the French capital.
"I think always in the group stage it is very difficult to predict who is the great favourite," he added."We've seen in the last tournament that sides who were not so strong in the group stage improved later on."
"France are a favourite, they have a great side, the Italians had a great opening game. Then there's us, and Spain are always another side in contention to win a tournament. There might be one or two other sides. From the knockout stage onwards, you cannot afford a bad day and then you need luck to advance. It is too early to predict who will get to the final."
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."

Comments and analysis:
Stale Germany must improve - and fast - if they are to win Euro 2016

Post-match interview on ZDF

Starting line-up:
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.

Jogi was interviewed on ARD before the France v Albania game.
The video can be seen on my Facebook Group (you may have to ask to join first).

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:

Joachim Löw says sorry for causing a stir with scratch and sniff

"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

PK und Abschlusstraining in Paris

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.
"I think we will really have to put in some work."Poland are in any case a strong team. We've played them twice and of course we lost once.
"With [Robert] Lewandowski they are strong in attack. Like Ukraine a little, they have dangerous players going forward."

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