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Sunday, 17 June 2014

Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
World Cup 2018, Group F

"We need to start playing to our strengths again."
12 June 2018 - 17 June 2018

Hirving Lozano 35'

A shock for Germany as they lose their opening tournament Group game for the first time under Joachim Löw.

Germany beaten by Mexico in World Cup opener
Unconvincing Germany pay the price

Lozano lights up the Luzhniki as El Tri defeat holders - FIFA match page
Mexico edge Germany in Group F opener

"We're obviously disappointed to have lost. Losing the opener is unfamiliar territory for us. We need to accept the situation though - there's still a long way to go. We didn't play well in the first half; we gave the ball away a lot and our build-up play wasn't at the level the team and I expect. Mexico sat deep after the break and they're incredible quick on the counter and we had to do a lot of chasing back. We have to try and get more shots off, then we won't run into as many problems. The mindset was right, but we didn't get into the game properly and were then on the back foot. I'm convinced that we will show a reaction."

Germany 0 Mexico 1: Lozano stuns woeful reigning champions

Germany were jinxed, claims Joachim Loew after shock opening World Cup 2018 defeat by Mexico

"Everybody is really unhappy and crestfallen but we have to put this behind us," said Loew. "Our team has experience of losses.
"We had a couple of shots, but it seemed jinxed and the ball did not go into the goal.
"In the first-half we played very badly. We were not able to impose our usual way of playing, attacking, and there were lots of counter-attacks against us and we were very vulnerable.
"In the second half, we were able to press more, but Mexico drew back and then carried the ball forward fast."
No need to panic says Loew after shock Mexico defeat

Joachim Löw accepts 'haphazard' Germany on thin ice after Mexico loss

Asked if he was going to make radical changes, Jogi replied "No, we're not suddenly going to abandon our philosophy! If we play to our best then we have the ability to generate more chances. Everyone looked for the ball to be played to feet yesterday - we have to be better than that. We won't suddenly stray from our plan though, we just have to get back to utilizing our strengths."

We actually have a relatively young team - we're a long way away from being an old squad. The players who have been a part of our setup for a longer time bring experience and a high level of quality, even if that didn't show up yesterday. He said that you could not compare this tournament with the Confederations Cup after being asked about not replicating the success there.

In the post-match press conference, he confirmed that they were not at this stage thinking about the Round of Sixteen and who their opponents might be. They had to concentrate on the Sweden game.

As to the much-quoted statistic that three of the last four World Cup winners have failed at the Group stage, he responded "That will not happen. We will get out of the group. We have every chance to put things right, but we have to let our play do the talking."

Joachim Löw insists Germany have no need to panic after shock World Cup defeat to Mexico

"I have no idea why that was the case with other countries," he said. "We will not suffer that fate. We will make it to the next round.
"We will certainly not change our match plan," the Germany head coach said. "If we are able to play out our ideas then we have players who able to deliver.
"We will not just break apart now and become headless and do something completely different. There is no need to break out in panic just because we have lost a match

Löw: "We will get back on track" - post-match interview on dfb.de

Analysis and comment:
Germany must rebuild collective power after Mexico tore it apart
Can Joachim Löw keep faith with old guard after Mexico loss?
Germany must evolve to succeed

How Mexico stunned Germany by exposing their full-backs and harassing Toni Kroos out the game
6 reasons why Mexico upset Germany - tactical analysis
An in-depth analysis from schwarzundweiss.co.uk

Joachim Löw faces biggest test but is unlikely to tinker with tactics says Thomas Hitzlsperger

More comment from the German media:
Löws falscher Plan
Fehleranalyse: Was Löw jetzt ändern muss

Gone from the front pages were, of course, the photographs of cheering players celebrating a victory and instead Jogi took centre stage, reinforcing the old football adage that a victory is never down to the coach, but a defeat always is!
'Humiliating' and 'under pressure' - how German media reacted to shock Mexico defeat
'Has anyone seen our world champions?': German papers slam national team

Also inevitable was the chorus of dissent from ex-players with all the answers. We could naturally guess the particularly embittered ones' delight in logging on to social media, their smug glee shining through every hashtag and mojis scattered at a rate that would put a pre-pubescent to shame,
#ZSMMN? I don't think so.
If it was all so easy perhaps we should question why they, themselves, prefer life behind a keyboard?
World Cup: former stars lay into 'helpless' Germany after shock defeat
Kevin Kuranyi: 'Joachim Löw must find the right words'

Jogi Löws Outfit sorgt einmal mehr für Diskussionen - and what would a tournament be without a discussion on what Jogi was wearing, in this case his tight navy blue t-shirt and white sneakers - without socks - being worthy of note!

FIFA post-match press conference - video from FIFA

Match highlights

Starting Line-Up:
Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Marvin Plattenhardt (Mario Gomez), Sami Khedira (Marco Reus), Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil, Julian Draxler, Timo Werner (Julian Brandt)

Jonas Hector was not available for consideration due to 'flu.

Training, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, 16 June 2018

FIFA Pre-match Press Conference, 16 June 2018

"Tomorrow, we want to make a statement against Mexico. We have the desire to win the game. We're very ambitious."

Joachim Löw puts faith in Julian Draxler ahead of Mexico clash

"Julian has been in great form over the past couple of months and could be decisive at this World Cup," said the 58-year-old coach. "He has a lot to offer the team - and that's what I expect from him."Once again, the value that Joachim Löw places upon experience, consistency, stability and personality in his team has become apparent."Julian has developed really well in the past two or three years and he's been part of our team for a long time," said Löw. "He played well as captain at the Confederations Cup and took a huge step forward at that tournament in terms of his personality, his directness and his professionalism. He's already played in some of these stadiums [in Russia] and I'm a big fan of his abilities."

the squad news before the Mexico game: Everyone is fit. Mesut Özil has trained twice this week. He's ready to feature and has made a good impression. There are two or three things to think about but I'll always talk to the team about it before anyone else.

the Germany mentality in opening games: We've won many opening games in the past. In my time here, we've previously had issues in friendlies or training but everything we do is focused on the first game. We've always put in a good performances and that's to do with our self-confidence. I hope that's how it plays out tomorrow too, although we're facing an incredibly strong opponent.

Manuel Neuer: I've been watching him closely all week. He's taken part in every training session in the training camp and has been calm, solid and confident throughout. Both games have definitely helped him to get ready by giving him match practice. That's the Manuel Neuer that we know.

the poor record of reigning champions at World Cups: No one has managed to defend the trophy for many years as other teams improve and the previous winners often worsen. We have both hunger and ambition. Our excitement continues to grow as we get closer. Even those who were there in 2010 feel that excitement still. There's nothing better than a World Cup.

Ozil fit for start of Germany's title defence

"We have trained intensively, everyone is fit. Mesut had two extra training sessions this week, Tuesday and Wednesday.
"The overall impression is good, he is fit, the line-up will be disclosed to the team tonight, there are still two or three things I am mulling over."
Joachim Löw im Interview: "Freude ist größer als Stress" - 16 June 2018
Jogi explains that prior to being invited by Jürgen Klinsmann to join the national team, he was unemployed and had not thought about it for one second. Even when Klinsmann quit in 2006, he did not think he would take over and that he might return to club football.

Joachim Löw über Rücktrittsgedanken und Cordon bleu mit Angela Merkel - and how he always now has fried potatoes when visiting the Chancellor!

Löw: "Viele Fragezeichen im Kopf" - in this audio interview, Jogi tells how the team have brought their own espresso machines.

Press Conference, Vatutinki, Moscow, 13 June 2018, with Reinhard Grindel

Summary of press conference:

the first impressions on the World Cup headquarters in Watutinki: At first glance, we are very satisfied with our accommodation in Watutinki. We have everything possible here to prepare for the coming tasks as optimally as possible. The pitches are well-located. We have short travel times to our games. Everything is here for us to prepare in peace and fully focus on what is to come.

the team's form: After the training camp in South Tyrol and the friendlies, it was important to have a quiet weekend. In the friendlies, the team didn't put in the most dynamic of performances but that's not especially unusual after many tough training sessions. Here in Watutinki, it's all about the fine-tuning - especially tactically. Mexico is a fast and technically strong opponent. They'll ask a lot of us but we'll find the necessary solutions. I'm certain we'll put in a good showing. The team will raise their game. Everything is being put in place for Sunday.

the first training session in Vatutinki: We trained very intensely today but all the players got fully involved. Julian Draxler and Sami Khedira had to have a short break from the session but they aren't injured. We had some problems with the grass which could be a few millimetres shorter to prevent the chance of injury.

his take on the training camp in Eppan: I'm happy with the days we had in Eppan. The team worked hard there. We have a good energy in the team. We're still a couple of percent off perfection but we'll be working on that in the coming days. The team is prepared to perform.

Joachim Löw says Germany is primed and ready ahead of World Cup opener vs. Mexico

"Mexico is a fast and technically solid opponent. They will demand everything of us, but we will find the appropriate solutions. I'm optimistic that we'll present ourselves well -- the team will step up this week. Everything is focused on Sunday. We trained very intensely today [Wednesday]. All the players kept up very well, though. Julian Draxler and Sami Khedira had to interrupt the session briefly, but they are not injured. We had some problems with the pitch, which could be cut a few millimeters shorter to minimize the risk of injury."
Timo Werner's role in the team: Timo is a striker whose speed makes him very valuable to us. He's dangerous for any opponent. He helps us be unpredictable as he gives us options. We hope he has a good tournament.

Löw pleads with German fans not to boo Gundogan, Ozil at World Cup
Joachim Low, Germany not letting politics, friendly performances distract from World Cup focus

"Ilkay was very down after getting whistled [by Germany supporters at the Saudi Arabia] game," Löw revealed. "We had to pick him up and cheer him up. Both have suffered, both have been affected (by the criticism)".
In light of these problems, Germany's manager was unapologetic in his wish to draw a line under the affair. Everything that needed to be said had already been said in private talks, he insisted, adding that his role as a coach was to get both players "in the flow", by insulating them against the rumblings of discontent in Germany or possible booing in the stadium in Moscow on Sunday. - writes Raphael Honigstein
Löw shocked by Spain's Lopetegui 'bombshell'
"I was also surprised and it very much came out of the blue," he told the media, ahead of the defending champions' opening Group F encounter with Mexico on Sunday.
"I've no idea about the background of the Spanish Federation's decision. To put it mildly, it is very unusual, if not a total bombshell."
"Let's not beat about the bush - it will lead to difficulties and a bit of unrest. Fernando Hierro has experience in coaching and I think he was assistant coach for Real Madrid for a while. He went to Valencia and was head of sporting affairs, but I cannot evaluate his qualities as a coach."
"However, Spain has been together for years and years. They have a clear philosophy. Just look at Barcelona and Real Madrid, who leave their mark on the national team."
"The players know each other well and have done for many years, so at the end of day, Lopetegui or no Lopetegui, Spain will not lose any of their class or quality."
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