Thomas Müller 13', 65', Toni Kroos 49'
Another convincing win for Germany, as Joachim Löw moves second, behind Sepp Herberger, in matches coached as Bundestrainer.
A Walk in the Volkspark for Germany as they sweep aside poor Czech Republic - with live ticker from schwarzundweiss
"It was great to play in front of the Hamburg crowd. We played very well out of the back and knew that we would have to use diagonal balls to break down this Czech team. We certainly made the most of our good link-up play and didn't give our opponents any chances on the counter either."
Germany coach Joachim Low said his side had run the Czech Republic into the ground after an hour of their World Cup qualifier in Hamburg.Löw delighted with Germany win
"From the back we played very well," he said. "The Czechs started by hitting us with consistent diagonal balls, but we defended and repeatedly broke.Löw: Muller's Euro 2016 displays hard to explain
"I don't think we have to look for a specific reason," he said.Joachim Löw: "Faultless" - post-match interview on dfb.de
Jogi spoke about the cross-field passes out from defence, saying "We realised that they are easily cut open by cross field balls and a shift in the game because their defence generally stays very tight and central. The diagonal balls helped us to get in behind their defence and cause them problems. Our two centre backs were excellent in this respect and faultless in defence."
Asked to describe the game in more detail, he elaborated "Our full backs pushed up high and were almost on the halfway line, which was a conscious decision. The aim is always to take as many opposition players out of the game with just one pass and we were very successful at doing just that. Whether Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels or Toni Kroos, the three played out from the back superbly. It was good that with those three and Sami Khedira we only had four players left deeper and the others could all push forward in order to force the opposition back and make runs to open up and exploit their defence."
On the knock suffered by Jerome Boateng, and the substitution of Jonas Hector, he explained that Jerome had taken a knock while Jonas has a slight muscle injury. He does however assume that it's not too serious. Jonas' substitution was simply a precautionary measure.
Jogi also spoke of his satisfaction of the number of players Germany had had in the opposition's penalty area "I'm certainly satisfied with that. It was previously noted that in some games we didn't have as many players as possible in the opposition box. Especially when it comes to playing against teams with a similar style to Czech Republic, it is necessary and essential that midfielders and wingers make their way into the centre. That's where you can pose and danger and where goals are scored."
Bundestrainer Löw überholt Schön - Jogi personal milestone on the night.
Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Jonas Hector (Benedikt Höwedes), Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos (Ilkay Gündogan), Thomas Müller, Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler (Julian Brandt), Mario Götze
Jogi made one change from the Norway qualifier, with Jerome Boateng replacing Benedikt Höwedes
Training, Volksparkstadion, Hamburg, 7 October 2016
Abschlusstraining im Volksparkstadion
"I expect us to come away with three points in both games. The team appear to be very fresh and concentrated. Czech Republic are probably the strongest opposition side in the group, but we are well prepared. The objective is clear: six points from the two games. The Czechs always have well-trained players. They can defend well and counter very quickly. I believe that the Czech Republic are the most challenging opposition in the group."
"Six points are our goal," Low told his prematch news conference in Hamburg on Friday.Squad news, summarised on dfb.de:
- more on Ilkay Gündogan: Ilkay had a long time out but he is putting that behind him. He has had a good start to life in Manchester, and he is a player who can always have a really positive influence on games. I hope that he can stay injury free in the months and years ahead. We really felt his absence in France and I am delighted that he is back. I think that he will be an important player for us.
- the quality in midfield: In a two year period, players can always have problems with injuries. It is of course best for me when I have a lot of competition for players in every position. It is definitely possible that Gündogan and Khedira could play together, but against the Czech Republic it will be Khedira and Toni Kroos in midfield. During these games we will see what we need. I could see Ilkay starting against Northern Ireland but you have to keep every possibility in mind.
- the roles of Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Müller: Both play a number of different positions for Bayern. I think that we will play Kimmich at right back. He was excellent at the Euros. Kimmich and Müller both have a very good understanding of how to play their roles depending on the games. Kimmich can adapt to any position very quickly. Müller had a tough Euros but scored twice against Norway in our last game, and I think that he will keep scoring for us.
- Leroy Sane, Jonathan Tah and Niklas Sule: Bringing through as many young players as possible is our biggest aim, but it is a process that takes one or two years. There is an arrangement in place with U21 head coach Stefan Kuntz and sporting director Hansi Flick and we believe that it is possibly better for those players to play with the U21s as they will get to play the full 90 minutes and take on a higher level of responsibility. We will have a completely different situation in November when a few of the younger players could well be back in the senior team.
- Gonzalo Castro: Castro has been playing very well for Dortmund of late. I think that in the last few months he has definitely become a better, much more dynamic and flexible player. He is playing at a good level but we have a lot of players for his position. His development has been very good. I do not rule out that he may be called up for the national team again in the future.
Regarding meeting up on Wednesday, a day later than usual, he said "We had a situation in which I felt that a few players needed more than a day's break, so I decided against one day of training. I felt it necessary. The team will be well-prepared."
Joachim Löw was also asked about Uwe Seeler who celebrated his eightieth birthday this week. He replied that Owe is a legend in Germany but above all in Hamburg. He never played for another club but HSV. Jogi added that he never heard Uwe say anything negative about others and that he always had interesting stories to tell. Staying with Hamburg, he dclared that he did not believe their recent problems would have any adverse effect on the national team.
He told reporters: "There will be [contract] talks with the association at some point leading up to the tournament in Russia, but the qualifiers have only just begun, and in due time we will sit down and think forward.In addition, lucky winners of a DFB Fan Club competition got to ask Jogi a question at the end of the press conference. He was asked whether sometimes he was annoyed by the journalists' questions, Jogi asked if he had appeared annoyed today, and then replied, laughing, "Sometimes, but not today".
From the DFB press conference with Manuel Neuer, Ilkay Gundogan and Shkodran Mustafi, 6 October 2016
Hier kommt Jogging-Jogi - meanwhile the subject of the praise did a spot of midday jogging!
Sane in good hands with Guardiola - Low - 6 October 2016
"With Pep Guardiola we know that he has taken care of young players," he told RND.
Training, Millerntor-Stadion, Hamburg, 5 October 2016
Erstes Training im Millerntor-Stadion - from tv.dfb.de
Ankunft der Nationalspieler - 5 October 2016
Interviews on arrival:
Löw: "Sind in fast allen Bereichen besser als 2014" - 4 October 2016
Mario Gomez has pulled out of the squad for Germany's upcoming matches against Czech Republic and Northern Ireland. The 31-year-old VfL Wolfsburg striker has been unable to train for the past few days due to a gluteal injury.
Löw jagt die Herberger-Rekorde - 4 October 2016
Gündogan returns to national team - 30 September 2016
There are no new names in Joachim Löw's squad, announced today. Jerome Boateng, Ilkay Gündogan and Mario Gomez all return, having been previously missing due to injury. There is also a recall for Sebastian Rudy. - 30 September 2016.
The full squad is as follows:
Last updated 12 October 2016