Saturday, 4 June 2016

Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen

"The win gives us stability and a good feeling for next week."

Ádám Lang 39' (og), Thomas Müller 63'

Germany win their final friendly before Euro 2016, and on a personal note Joachim Löw has equalled Helmut Schön to move joint-second in most wins as Bundestrainer.

Germany victorious in 2016 dress rehearsal

Thomas Müller scores as Germany grind out Hungary win ahead of Euro 2016 kick off
Muller seals win for Low's men - with links to players ratings

Bastian Schweinsteiger returns as world champions get back to winning ways

Joachim Löw pleased with rare Germany clean sheet in Hungary victory

It was important to keep a clean sheet. Schweinsteiger obviously hasn't got his rhythm yet, we'll have to wait and see about Hummels. Sami Khedira's substitution was just a precautionary measure.

Speaking on, Joachim Löw said he was happy with the victory "We can head to the Euros with a good feeling. It's completely normal that some things aren't working out perfectly just yet." When asked what he was not happy with, he replied that they were lacking freshness and momentum in certain situations, which is only to be expected after the exhausting days in Ascona, that they will work on this over the next week and that he is confident all will be well before their first game.

When asked about his options of Mario Gomez at striker or Mario Götze as a 'false nine', he replied "I'm satisfied with both of their performances. Mario Götze is back in a good rhythm, although he didn't play as much recently for his club. He can play as our striker, but also behind the striker which is a big advantage for him. Mario Gomez is always dangerous when he is fed balls in the penalty area. We will most likely decide on a game by game basis."

On the different formations used in the Hungary game, he said "It was important for Benni Höwedes to get some match practice. But on the right we also have Joshua Kimmich, who is able to link up with our attack nicely. Emre Can can play a number of positions and at Leverkusen he's played left back before as well. Mesut can do a lot for our game in defensive midfield alongside Toni Kroos. We can play with different systems and formations, which will hopefully be an advantage for us. But I don't want to confirm that certain players will definitely play a certain position. I don't have a favoured starting line-up. It's only important that all our players know how to play in their positions."

He also spoke of the important step of Bastian Schweinsteiger playing and that he could sense the security in the team when he came on the pitch. He is going to keep his training rhythm at a high level and will continue working even on the two days off the rest of the team are now having.

Finally, looking forward to the tournament in France, he added that as there is an extra game in the tournament this year there will be times when the players are running low on energy, It is therefore necessary for them not just to display their football skills, but master the physical and mental challenges that such a tournament brings.

Match highlights from and a video and interview from Sportschau

Post-match press conference

Post-match analysis on ZDF

Starting Line Up:
Manuel Neuer, Benedikt Höwedes, Jerome Boateng, Antonio Rüdiger, Jonas Hector (Emre Can), Sami Khedira (Mario Gomez), Toni Kroos (Bastian Schweinsteiger), Thomas Müller (Leroy Sane), Mesut Özil, Julian Draxler (Andre Schürrle), Mario Götze (Lukas Podolski)

For the build-up to the game during the last week of the pre-tournament training camp, plus news of Germany's final squad, see my Ascona Training Camp, part 2 page.

Last updated 4 June 2016
With thanks to everyone on the Group, espcially Silke, Susanne, Lucille, Sarah, Elfriede, Magda and Delmy.
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