Friday, 10 November 2017

Wembley Stadium, London

"Trying things out is more important than the result"

Watching the match from the top tier and looking directly down at the technical areas, Jogi appeared a lot calmer than he did last time at Wembley as Germany and England battle out a draw.

Mats Hummels, Leroy Sané and debutant Marcel Halstenberg come in for particular praise from their coach.

Germany and England draw blank at Wembley
World champions Germany held to draw by England at Wembley

Pickford and Sané impress in Wembley draw
Löw satisfied with Germany despite draw with England

New-look Mannschaft and young Lions play out goalless draw

"There was nothing wrong with the performance tonight even though it wasn't easy after just two short training sessions and playing in front of 90,000 people at Wembley. Ilkay Gundogan did his job very well, you could see what he brings but he needs more game time to get into a rhythm. Sané was a threat going forward and so was Timo Werner. Mats Hummels was sensational at the back." - from dfb.de

"Both teams were disciplined at the back and didn't give a lot of space away. We were good for long periods of the first half, got forward quickly and our attacks had purpose. We had three good opportunites, and that was missing in the second half."

If I'm looking at areas to improve I'm talking about that second half. Thinking about next year we will have to remember to get forward quicker after winning the ball. We are a possession team, which has not yet come into its own. We lost the ball too many times tonight, and you cannot be doing that against quality teams."

Germany boss Joachim Löw: England draw wasn't a classic but players came through real test

Asked of his impressions of the game, Jogi repiled "Both teams placed great importance on organisation, on not allowing too many counterattacks. You could see that for the whole game. In the first half we had three or four really good chances, that was good. Our defence stood very strong as well, we were well organised." but added that the second half was a little sloppy "We need to be turning defence into attack much quicker when we win the ball back; we need to attack more dynamically. We wasted these opportunities. We should have played a lot better going forward and it's important we improve on that as the World Cup approaches. All that said, this was a quality friendly at a high level. That's the most important thing."

On debutant Marcel Halstenberg: "I thought he did well, absolutely. He did his job. This was a big stage here at Wembley, but he dealt with the occasion calmly, showing no nervousness. I am completely satisfied, that was a very pleasing debut."

Bayern Munich and Germany defensive rock Mats Hummels: the new Franz Beckenbauer

"Mats did a very good job of organising the defence," Löw said of his irreplaceable No.5. "We had a few teething problems, but he was a pillar of stability. He's fantastic."
On England: "England have improved, especially with so many young players. They have changed their style and they play with more care."

England boss Gareth Southgate inspired by Germany model - for clarification, we are talking about their footballing philosophy and not the smartly dressed man alongside him on the touchline.

Five talking points from the friendly at Wembley
How Germany's players rated against England

Halstenberg, Werner pass World Cup auditions in Germany draw at Wembley
Mesut Özil runs the show against England - statistical analysis

Löw: WM-Aus wäre ein "Desaster" für Italien - 12 November 2017
The same evening, Italy had lost 1-0 in their World Cup play-off against Sweden. Jogi commented that it would be strange to have a World Cup without Italy and missing out on the World Cup would be a 'disaster' for the country. In his post-match interview on ZDF, he also queried why Italy were included in the graphic of the pot seedings.

A World Cup winning football manager is 'a huge fan' of Harry Kane and Dele AlliM - 14 November 2017
Germany national team manager Joachim Löw believes Tottenham Hotspur and England duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli are top talents, according to BT Sport's Bundesliga expert Raphael Honigstein, (who spoke to Jogi in a pre-match chat).

Post-match press conference

Jogis Jungs machendie London-Welle - 11 November 2017

With a spare day before they flew to Köln, the German squad were given a day out in London which included a speed boat trip on the River Thames.

Although Jogi did not appear to partake in the river trip, he was pictured crossing the Strand, believed to be on his way to a gym with some of the players.

Starting Line-Up:
Marc-André ter Stegen, Matthias Ginter, Mats Hummels, Antonio R&uudiger, Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Gundogan (Sebastian Rudy), Mesut Özil, Marcel Halstenberg, Julian Draxler (Emre Can), Timo Werner (Sandro Wagner), Leroy Sané (Julian Brandt)

Mats Hummels started with the captain's armband for the first time for Germany. Marcel Halstenberg made his debut.

Articles in the British press on the morning of the game:
Löw searches for answer to Germany's biggest worry... who is his best third-choice keeper?
Low (sic) has a high opinion - the UK never never were one to resist a play on words!

Reise nach London - the team bus is seen making its way through to London to their hotel on the Strand! - 9 November 2017

Press Conference, Berlin, 9 November 2017, with Sami Khedira and Sandro Wagner

In a departure from their normal routine, the DFB held their final press conference in Berlin and did not depart for London until later that afternoon.

Germany coach Joachim Löw to use England friendly as World Cup audition for fringe players

"We want to play well and a result is an important issue," Low told reporters on Thursday."But I want to experiment a bit. We still have a few games to prepare until the World Cup.""It is a bit of a test phase still this year. With the tournament in mind I want to see not only those players who play regularly."
Germany head coach Joachim Löw can 'sense the anticipation' ahead of England friendly
"You can sense the anticipation among the players. Wembley Stadium has a special feel to it and England are on a level playing field with us," said Löw."England have a very young team with quick players. They're one of the best sides at transitional play around at the moment."
"We're delighted to play in front of such a crowd." Jogi said "We are coming up against a top-class opponent, a team that has developed greatly in the past two or three years. They can attack with a high tempo. England have quick players; the team is very well organised and attacks early. They are one of the best teams around right now when it comes to transitioning. We need to adapt to that. We can't allow England to dominate possession. We need to be well organised and react quickly when possession changes hands."

"We want to play a good match; the result is always an important component. But I know that there are some things that I want to try out and experiment with. Now we have a certain period for testing out things. I don't want to play with the same players that always play, but instead prepare others for games like this."

Germany's Joachim Löw: England 'play a bit like we played in 2010'

"England have many young players," he said. "They have won all there is to win at youth level this year. They are well organised and one of the best sides switching from defence to attack.
"They pass balls directly into attack when winning them, and they've got a lot of pace there. They wait for mistakes.
"They press high, can sit deep and have great transition play. They do that at the highest level. They play a bit like we played in 2010."
Top Premier League managers have created best England side for years, claims Germany boss Joachim Löw
Löw said: "My opinion is the (England) team hasn't been this strong in years.
"They rely far less on long balls. All the big clubs in England have coaches who put a lot of value on putting together combinations of passes.
"You also see it in the national team, where there is more emphasis on tactics."

On personnel matters:
"Marcel Halstenberg is in my planned starting XI, because he has been playing well for Leipzig for a long time now. He is physically strong, solid in the air. While he is with us, of course I want to see how he does."
"In attack, we have players like Timo Werner, Julian Draxler or Leroy Sané, they are quite different players. Sandro Wagner plays in the middle, hassles the opponents and is very dangerous from crosses."

Midfielder Toni Kroos, who missed training with a stomach virus on Wednesday, only took part in the team warm-up on Thursday and his participation is still in doubt.
'Toni was ill and today he only warmed up because he is still a bit weak from the stomach virus,' Löw said.
'We will have to see how it develops. I will not risk anything. It could be that he is rested. If he does feel 100 per cent he could get a break for a game because he plays constantly, every three days throughout the season.'

Joachim Löw revealed he was not unduly concerned about Manuel Neuer's long-term injury "I haven't been in contact with him during the last two weeks and haven't heard anything new. But I'm not losing any sleep from what I know from the doctors. I know that Manuel is recovering according to schedule and will be back in training next year. I know from our doctors that he should be back for the World Cup, so I am relaxed."

On the World Cup plans: "International matches obviously play a big role, but on the other hand we have just two matches in the new year before it's time to nominate players. A large portion of our observations will be done on a club level. Next year we will be looking very closely at who is doing what for their clubs. At home I have player profiles detailing each player's strengths, weaknesses and how we want to play. With some players it's a given. For example, we don't need to talk about the likes of Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos or others, leaders that belong to our core group. It's important that each position is covered by two players. Our aim is to have like-for-like replacements for everyone. There will definitely be some tricky decisions, for sure. In some positions we simply have too much depth."

Summary of the press conference on dfb.de

Training, Berlin, 9 November 2017

Was wir von Jogi Löws Umgang mit Mario Götze lernen sollten - what we can all learn from Jogi's support of Mario Götze during his recent struggles with illness - 9 November 2017

Training, Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark, Berlin, 8 November 2017

Vormittagstraining im Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark

World Champion Jérôme Boateng will miss Germany's friendly match against England on Friday night. The FC Bayern München defender is currently suffering from muscle problems, and after talks with head coach Joachim Löw, he will be rested for the trip to Wembley as a precaution.
As well as Jérôme Boateng, three other players were also absent from team training today. Toni Kroos has a stomach bug, Kevin Trapp has an upper respiratory tract infection and Mats Hummels did a regenerative session in the team hotel. - from dfb.de, 8 November 2017

Joachim Low believes everyone will want to beat Germany at the World Cup as reigning champions prepare for England and France tests - with quotes from Jogi's appearance on das aktuelle Sportstudio last month.

"I think everyone is looking forward to [the match with England]. There are three, four stadiums [I admire] around the world, Wembley is surely one of them and we've got to play there a couple of times lately," added Löw.
Löw spricht sich für Videobeweis aus
Jogi pledged his support to VAR, adding that the system was still in its trial phase and "sometimes it takes too long to intervene, sometimes it intervenes unnecessarily".
VAR will be tested for the first time in an official UK match on Friday night.

The German squad met up in Berlin on Tuesday, 7 November 2017, with the day set aside for the presentation of the new World Cup jersey. Jogi was spotted watching as the players took to the stage in a 1990's 'retro' design.

Footage of the Trikot presentation from Sky Sports Deutschland - with a Q&A session with Jogi at the end.

Knieprobleme: Younes verpasst Länderspiele - 7 November 2017
Amin Younes has withdrawn from the squad for the forthcoming two friendlies and will return to Amsterdam for treatment on a knee problem.

Die Ankunft der Spieler in Berlin

Germany head coach Joachim Löw wary of strongest England team in years - 5 November 2017

"My opinion is the (England) team hasn't been this strong in years," Löw told German daily Die Welt on Sunday."They rely far less on long balls."
"All the big clubs in England have coaches who put a lot of value on putting together combinations of passes."
"You also see it in the national team, where there is more emphasis on tactics."
The only uncapped player in Joachim Löw's final squad of 2017 in RB Leipzig's Marcel Halstenberg. There are, however, some notable returnees. - 3 Novembe 2017

Borussia Dortmund's Mario Götze back in Germany squad with RB Leipzig's Marcel Halstenberg a debut call-up

On newly promoted Marcel Halstenberg Löw added: "Marcel Halstenberg has put in consistently good performances for RB Leipzig and has also shown in the Champions League that he is able to hold his own at the international level. We're excited by his potential and we now have the opportunity to test him against some very strong opponents."

Götze, Gündogan return to Germany squad ahead of England, France games

"Mario G&oouml;tze and Ilkay Gündogan have reached a good level following their forced breaks," Germany head coach Joachim Löw said in a statement on the official DFB website.
"They play important roles at their club, and have found their rhythms. They have both already shown they can improve every team. We are delighted they are back."
Mesut Özil also returns after having been rested for the October international break. Thomas Müller, Leon Goretzka and Jonas Hector are all missing through injury, as well as long-term absentee Manuel Neuer.

On his upcoming opponents, England, Jogi said "These two teams are of a very high standard. They'll be two great tests that will give us a good view of where we are at ahead of next year's tournament. This is the strongest England team in years, and they have a wealth of young talent. English football has developed hugely in recent years, which is shown not least by their youth teams winning two major tournaments." from dfb.de

The full squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona),Kevin Trapp (Paris St Germain)
Defenders: Matthias Ginter (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Süle, Jérôme Boateng (all Bayern München), Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea)Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha BSc)Marcel Halstenberg (RB Leipzig)
Midfield/Forwards:Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Emre Can (Liverpool), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain), Sandro Wagner (Hoffenheim), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern München), Lars Stindl (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), Amin Younes (Ajax Amsterdam),Leroy Sané, Ilkay Gündogan (both Manchester City)Mario Götze (Borussia Dortmund)Sami Khedira (Juventus), Mesut Özil (Arsenal),

Last updated 13 November 2017.
With thanks to everyone, especially Susanne, Silke, Lucille, Sarah, Lila and to Lara for the Wembley photo!
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