24 June 2018 - 28 June 2018
In one of the biggest World Cup shocks of all time, Germany crash out of the World Cup losing 2-0 to Korea and finishing bottom of Group F.
Jogi's comment uploaded to the DFB website after the match:
"Everyone in the dressing room is obviously gutted. There's a dead silence. No one is really ready to say anything. But we have to accept the situation. Congratulations to Mexico and Sweden. We just couldn't stick the ball in the back of the net and get ourselves in front, which has been a theme in this World Cup. It's hard to explain why. We worked so hard in preparation for the tournament, but the football we're so used to seeing never materialised. We deserve to go out.
We didn't play with enough freedom against Mexico or Sweden. We never had enough dynamism to force our opponents into mistakes. We had our chances, but the clinical edge was missing. We had a plan, but we weren't able to execute it. It's incredibly difficult to repeat a feat like winning a World Cup. I can't pinpoint why we failed though. Perhaps we were too complacent ahead of the Mexico game and thought we'd simply be able to flick a switch. You sensed in training that the boys were building momentum; the Sweden game gave everyone a boost.
We knew that Sweden were beating Mexico and that we had to react. We had to risk everything and push forward, and that left holes at the back. We all lost today, the whole of German football, everything that we have built up over the last years. We have reached at least the semi-finals every time since 2006. We can only apologise. Analysing what went wrong begins with me as head coach, and I will have to sleep on it before I can do that. I'm too frustrated at the moment.
It's too early to talk about my future. We need a few hours to see things clearly. All I feel at the moment is immense disappointment. I never imagined that we would lose to South Korea. I will hold talks tomorrow in terms of what the future holds."
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"It wasn't only Ozil, a number of other players didn't perform as they normally would," Löw said in the aftermath.Joachim Löw's first words after Germany were knocked out of the World Cup - a tribute to Jogi's (always present) humility.
Analysis immediately after the match:
And the inevitable questions on Jogi's future:
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Joachim Löw was first asked about Thomas Müller and his lack of form. He replied that after the Mexico game he had had a long chat with the player, had tried to analyse his way of playing through videos. Thomas is a player who is very important to comments and is self-critical. They talked about a couple of things, but he stressed that Thomas is the kind of player who, despite one or two negative matches, has a positive mindset and is a very important player for them.
He also commented on Mesut Özil and Sami Khedira's good reactions in training to being benched against Sweden. Those who did not participate in the last match are options for tomorrow.
Team news for tomorrow:
"I've seen in training how much the players want to win the match against South Korea. It will depend on many things, including how they perform in training, current form and the games against Mexico and Sweden. I know the qualities of each and every player and I look at what he can do for our team and what value he can add. What types of player are useful against this opponent? There are various criteria which will decide how the team is set up."
Low said his team will try not to make mistakes in the midfield and give up the ball to the opponents."South Korea have strong counterattacking players. That's something they love to do. They try to adjust to their opponents in defence. They will play aggressively - earlier than Sweden did. They'll want to win the ball in midfield and they have two or three players who are really strong on the counter; we have to prevent that and we can't give up possession easily. We won't be marking Son man-on-man because he'll take all the freedom his coach allows him. He makes fast runs in behind the defence so our defence has to be alert. We have to make sure we don't give the ball away - that will be very important for us."
Jogi said he did not think the heat and humidity in Kazan tomorrow would be more of a problem for his team than for South Korea. They have already demonstrated that they can step up to the pace in humid conditions.
After Sweden, it was pure elation,' said Löw. 'To achieve the goal in the dying moments when a single point would have left us in a precarious position. Everyone knew the situation was not good after losing against Mexico."I'm not one to go through all the possible scenarios. Of course I'll be kept up-to-date about the score in the game between Mexico and Sweden so that I can react if need be. But we have to make sure we win our own game - by two goals if possible. It depends on our own performance and we have to do all we can to make use of our strengths."
Joachim Löw confirmed he was a supporter of VAR and believes it has worked very well in the World Cup. It has been clear that the intervention comes only in the event of clear cut mistakes and the authority of the refereee is not called into question. The VAR referees are well trained and he is totally in favour of its introduction.
Training, Vatutinki Sports Arena, Moscow, 25 June 2018
Letztes Training in Watutinki vor der Abreise nach Kasan
Rückkehr nach Watutinki - 24 June 2018
Last updated 30 June 2018