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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille
Round of Sixteen

"If you take the entire game into account, we were very, very good."

Jerome Boateng 8', Mario Gomez 43', Julian Draxler 62'

Germany produce their best performance of the tournament so far to move into the Quarter-Finals, and with re-instated Julian Draxler man-of-the-match, Joachim Löw must receive considerable credit for the team line-up.

Germany celebrate spectacular 3-0 win over Slovakia - from dfb.de

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Germany's Julian Draxler rounds off comfortable win against Slovakia

Boateng, Gomez and Draxler put Germany out of sight against woeful Slovakia
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"We had total control over the match and filled the gaps well. It was a very comprehensive victory. Normally, Jerome Boateng is only put on the edge of the box for protection, but he took the ball brilliantly. A great start for us. Julian Draxler was very good in the first matches. I encouraged him to play with courage and to play in the space. He set up the second goal and scored the third. That was a result of his hard work in training.

It makes you feel really good, when the defence play so well. We never allowed the Slovakians into the game. The whole team worked very well defensively, even Gomez, Özil and Draxler up front."

On man-of-the-match Julian Draxler, he said "Julian showed great movement. He displayed a lot of courage with his pace going into one-on-one situations. He worked very hard, and made some intelligent runs. I was very pleased with him."

On Jerome Boateng, who scored his first ever goal in a German shirt: "Jerome has nothing more to prove. I am glad that he was able to play today, because the team know that they rely on him: he wins a lot of tackles and also does a lot going forward. Jerome, as well as Mats Hummels, was very vigilant today. And Jerome's early goal gave us a lot of security. Normally, he is only there for protection, but he took the ball exceptionally well. It was a brilliant start."

On the 'false nine' debate: "We don't think about it in terms of false nine or real number nine anymore. If no-one is trying to penetrate the defence, then even a system with a real number nine will face problems. We performed a lot better today and against Northern Ireland. And Mario is making his mark, having scored two goals in two games. He is also displaying good form in training and has rediscovered some self belief." - from dfb.de

Germany 'must improve' on Slovakia win

"Of course, like any other side, we've had our problems getting into the tournament because there are a lot of tactics in the group stage as teams can go through with three points. With all due respect to Slovakia, this is no pointer that we are going to dominate this tournament. We are still going to have to improve.
In fact we have to improve if we want to have a say in this tournament. We can't give our opponents any space in the next game and we have to take our chances as we won't get as many."
Joachim Löw demands more if Euro 2016 title hopes are to be realised despite strong showing
"I am happy the defence worked that well," he said. "But now we will play against a lot more dangerous sides with top strikers. We will face a lot of quality. So it was good with the defence, but also mid and attack we enforced long balls by pressing them. If we continue to play compactly it will be difficult for any oppositions."
Löw: "No sleepless nights for Germany over Italy or Spain"
"No, I'm sleeping well," he said after the round-of-16 victory. "Both sides are among the favourites.
"Italy are very strong in defence and good in attack, they had six or seven on the bench in the third game.
"The Spanish have the best attacking game we've seen in recent years, they're different sides but they're among the top favourites."
And on dfb.de:
"Now we are up against a different calibre of opposition, in either Spain or Italy. We will see how training goes and then see who will play. The Spaniards are slight favourites tomorrow, but Italy are also very skilled. Italy have started the tournament very strongly and will put up fierce resistance to Spain. The outcome is very hard to predict. We will definitely be practising penalties this week. The week will be planned around our analysis of the opposition and we will keep working on the same things, on our defensive setup, and also on attacking play, focussing on forward runs in particular."

Germany's Draxler is missing piece in Löw's puzzle
Low's adjustments pay dividends as Germany cruise past Slovakia - praise for Jogi from ESPN

Germany's Joachim Löw must look at Jurgen Klinsmann's 'pressures' with envy
"Inspire your men to play above themselves and find a system that fits their varying qualities perfectly? Well, the squad must be so talented that any coach could have taken them to glory." - a superb article from USA Today

Why it's time for Germany boss Joachim Löw to get into club management - more positive discussion on the Bundestrainer.

Germany are the team to beat at Euro 2016 with a watertight defence, an ever improving attack and Joachim Löw's Midas touch

Footage from the post-match press conference
Post-match interview on ZDF and the Jogi highlights
Die Mannschaft zurück in Evian - Warten auf den nächsten Gegner

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, Julian Draxler (Lukas Podolski), Mario Gomez

One change was made from the last match against Northern Ireland - Julian Draxler replacing Mario Götze

UEFA Pre-Match Press Conference, 25 June 2016, with Jonas Hector

Löw wants Germany to be 'better than England' vs. Slovakia
Germany coach Joachim Löw is confident his side will be "better than England" when it plays Slovakia on Sunday in the last 16 at the European Championship.
Slovakia held England to a goalless draw to reach the knockout stage as one of four third-place sides behind Wales and England in Group B. The draw earned praise from Löw, whose own side was beaten 3-1 by Slovakia in a storm-interrupted friendly in Augsburg, Germany on May 29.
Löw described Slovakia on Saturday as "one of the surprises of the opening round."
"But they already played a great game against us in Augsburg. They were very vigorous, very courageous and very good technically," Löw said. "They beat Russia, were a bit unlucky against Wales and lost, and played a scoreless draw against a strong England side. They have some experienced players in defense. I think we'll find ways and means, so we'll do better than England."
Löw said Slovakia was as good a counterattacking side as Poland, which held Germany to a scoreless draw in the group stage.
"Their whole game is based on a strong defense," Löw said. "They control the space well, are very strong in challenges and they can break with three or four quick players. Of course nearly everything goes through the middle, through (Napoli star Marek) Hamsik, who also has a good shot at goal."

Löw relying on Kroos to show Germany the way

"Toni has now only been performing at a very high level at this tournament, but also after Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup," Low said at a news conference.
"He always does well for us. He is very economical in his way of playing. He does not make many mistakes.
He brings balance to the team and is always available to receive the ball. His team-mates trust in him. That's why he is a decisive player for us."

"Schweinsteiger has been injured for quite a long time," Löw continued.
"He has not been in the starting XI since January. That's why we knew he would not be ready for 90 minutes at the start of the tournament."But he is getting fitter and will play a big role for us at this tournament."

Other points:
potential changes to the starting XI: Slovakia are a different opponent from Northern Ireland; they are considerably stronger. They will properly challenge us. We were given a wake-up call towards the end of May when we lost 3-1 to them. Slovakia work hard defensively and close down the space well. We won't get many opportunities. We have twenty players at our disposal to try and find the goal. I have thought about one or two changes.
Mario Götze: Mario may have lacked fortune in some of his attempts so far, but I'm satisfied with his efforts. He's made a lot of good runs and worked hard for the team. I get the feeling he is improving still. He is good for our game with his technique and the passes he is able to play.
Germany's lack of a clinical touch: I was obviously unhappy with the fact that we didn't score more goals, but so were our players. Everyone knows that we can't be as careless with our chances in our next game, because we won't be getting as many.
Joshua Kimmich: He didn't show any signs of nerves at all. I can play him whenever I need. - from dfb.de

Vor Slowakei-Spiel: Anreise nach Lille

Training, Evian-les-Bains, 25 June 2016

An interview with Jogi on Sportschau - 25 June 2016

Germany's Jerome Boateng fit to play against Slovakia - Joachim LöwGermany defender Jerome Boateng is fit to face Slovakia on Sunday after coming through training on Saturday with no problems.
Coach Joachim Low said the Bayern Munich player, who suffered a calf problem in the 1-0 group stage win over Northern Ireland, was ready to play.
"Basically, the calf has been fine today. He had no problem, and he will play tomorrow," Low told ARD Sport.
The coach added that he had not yet made a final decision on his starting XI, explaining: "It may well be that there will be one or two other changes -- I am still thinking about it."

Jogi speaks to ZDF

Training, Evian-les-Bains, 25 June 2016

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