South Tyrol Training Camp
Week 3, 4 - 7 June 2018
4 June 2018
"There are no doubt nicer days in life than when you have to send four players home that would have deserved to go to the World Cup,"
Today was the day four players were made aware they were not going to Russia. Joachim Löw spoke for a few minutes before announcing the names. Jogi spoke of it being one of the less enjoyable aspects of being a national coach, especially when the news had to be imparted to players who deserved to be part of the World Cup and were invited for that reason.
He had spoken to all four players and likened the situation to stopping players at the airport check-in and preventing them boarding the plane. The
The decisions that had to be made were not easy ones. The coaching staff had analysed training sessions, the Confederations Cup, friendlies, put all the information together and reached a conclusion. He stressed how mportant it was to be able to vary within the squad at tournament, but that it also needed to be well-balanced with back-ups in each and every position, have every option available and be able to deal with any situation that comes the team's way. Jogi explained it was very touch and go with the final decisions, similar to a photofinish at a 100m Olympic race.
He added his personal thanks to the players in question for their performances and attitude while at the training camp, stressing that they gave absolutely everything and fought for their places. He also thanked in advance the players friends, families and partners for the roles they will be playing in their lives over the next few weeks.
The names were then announced - Bernd Leno, Jonathan Tah, Nils Petersen and Leroy Sané.
He spoke of Manuel Neuer's examination in Munich on Sunday, at which he had been passed 100% fit. He had no problems after the Austria game and is ready to go.
As far as the schedule for the next week, today will be a day of regeneration for the players. He could see from the Austria game that some still have tired legs, the physical presence was not there in the second-half and mistakes crept in. However he is delighted that the camp has passed so far without injury, showing the sessions have been planned and executed expertly. He will be going over the mistakes from the Austria game in training, after which they will then concentrate on the first World Cup group game against Mexico and by then everything will be where it needs to be.
Jerome Boateng will join up with the team tomorrow, providing everything goes to plan with the individual training he is doing today.
Jogi did not expand on the specific reasons for the selections he had made, and passed the stage on to captain Manuel Neuer.
By far the most controversial decision, particularly among followers of the Premier League, was the omission of Leroy Sané:
Further comments made by Jogi after the press conference had ended were later reported:
Löw announces World Cup without Leno, Tah, Petersen and Sané
"That was a very close decision between him and Julian Brandt, which was made in favour of Brandt," Löw explained.
"There's absolutely no problem off the pitch," said the 58-year-old. "Leroy has conducted himself correctly and very professionally. But we had to make a decision because the squad has to be balanced."Comment and analysis:
Sané a surprise omission as Jogi Löw names his final 23 - from Rich Joshua at schwarzundweiss
Why Leroy Sane's Germany omission makes sense for Joachim Low - from Raphael Honigstein
In-Sane in the brain? Why Germany boss Joachim Löw isn't mad to pick Julian Brandt over Leroy Sane
"You have to look at the big picture so we have a variable and well-balanced team prepared for all eventualities. We have good players on the wing in Thomas Müller and Marco Reus. Julian Draxler played a good Confed Cup, and made progress there. It was a tight race between Leroy Sane and Julian Brandt. Both have big qualities, both are good in the one-on-one duels," explained Löw.Sane's World Cup snub shocks the world - but he does not fit into Löw's Germany plans
Leroy Sané ist raus - und England ist sauer - focusing on the reaction in the British media
5 June 2018
Erst das offizielle Mannschaftsfoto, dann Training! - from tv.dfb.de
6 June 2018
Secret training today, no a shortage of photographs!
"Ohne Löw wären die Erfolge nicht denkbar"
Photographs taken during an interview at the team hotel:
Joachim Löw als Auto-Designer - from the Mercedes-Benz website.
The final day in South Tyrol
Abschied aus Eppan - a look back at the training camp
As the training camp came to a close, the squad flew back to Germany for their final pre-tournament friendly against Saudi Arabia.
Last updated 8 June 2018