Germany Tour of Asia - Part 1, 27 May - 30 June 2009
China - Hao Junmin 5'
Germany - Lukas Podolski 8'
Two days after arriving on the first leg of their Asian tour, Germany are held to a 1-1 draw in Shanghai.
China stuns Germany with 1-1 draw at friendly
"China played very well, they have good tactics and their performance surprised me," said Germany head coach Joachim Löw.Lacklustre Germany held by China in ShanghaiJoachim Löw Praises China, Criticises German Performance
"Our play was slow this evening, and the players tried to play faster in the second half. But they wasted several good chances. Anyway we have tried our best. We need time to adjust after the long season."
"First, I should say congratulations to the Chinese team," Löw told reporters after the match. "China played extraordinarily tonight and their tactics were effective. I was very surprised."Löw defends below par display against China
"We played too slowly and made too many mistakes. We will go back and look at this after the game to see just why we played like this."
"We adjusted the tactics in the second half, I wanted them to play faster, but we missed too many chances and Bastian Schweinsteiger missed the best chance."
"Our team tried their best but they have just finished the league and feel tired."
"We could all see that not everything went as we wanted it," he said. "We were not able to maintain a high tempo for 90 minutes. The players wanted to, but they simply couldn't do it."Löw: "Wir wollten, konnten aber nicht"
"Despite everything, I think that some players who were with us for the first time have gained some good experience. They could feel the atmosphere of being with the national team and that alone is valuable. I think we have made a good impression overall here in China."
Löw defended his decision not to play the two Stuttgart strikers (Mario Gomez and Cacau) together.
"I know how they can play together so maybe it was better trying Cacau with Podolski or Cacau with (Miroslav) Klose to see how they get on together," he explained. "I am a coach who rather likes to experiment and in a phase like this, I would really like to try out a few things.
That is why I am delighted to have the chance to see individual players. Games like these are ideal for me to gain important indications for those games when it really matters."
- on the dfb website, Jogi talks about the team's performance against China, Philipp Lahm, Robert Huth's return to the side, and says he has no concerns over Mario Gomez's goal drought.
Match highlights from tv.dfb.de
The DFB/DFL Gala and sightseeing in Shanghai
- Day 2 from tv.dfb.de
Injury-ridden Germans face China test - 28 May 2009
Joachim Löw will hope to have 11 healthy players on the field when depleted Germany plays hosts China in a football friendly on Friday.
Germany came to Shanghai with just 17 players, and injuries to central defenders Arne Friedrich and Heiko Westermann, along with the back problems of midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, have considerably added to the woes.
But Löw insisted that 'the situation isn't that dramatic' even though only 12 players trained in full health on Thursday.
While Munich's Schweinsteiger is expected to play on Friday, Hertha Berlin's Friedrich and Schalke's Westermann are all but ruled out with a knee and foot problem, respectively.However, they could be fit again for Tuesday's match in Dubai against the United Arab Emirates which concludes the one-week trip to Asia.
Newcomer Christian Träsch from VfB Stuttgart and Middlesbrough's Robert Huth, back in the squad after three years, are the likely candidates for the central defence jobs."If it doesn't work out (with Westermann and Friedrich) the youngsters will have to play. That is nice, they must get experience," said Löw.
"We will do everything to win the match. But they will make us work very hard," said Löw.
Press Conference, 28 May 2009, with German Olympic gold medalist fencer Britta Heidemann
In announcing the squad for the forthcoming tour of Asia, Joachim Löw has included newcomers Manuel Neuer, Christian Träsch, Christian Gentner und Cacau, and in addition has recalled defender Robert Huth. Miroslav Klose will not be joining the squad to allow him to continue his rehabilitation after an ankle injury. - from dfb.de
- 19 May 2009
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Last updated 19 March 2012
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