Germany finished their 2016 campaign with their sixth consecutive clean sheet, and Joachim Löw was pleased with the experience playing in the San Siro gave an experimental eleven.
"We were good going forward in the first half in particular, although we dropped off a little after the break. The young players gain crucial experience by playing in front of a crowd like that. We can be happy with our trip to Italy, much like our run of six consecutive clean sheets. Our overall record in 2016 is a good one. We want to dominate our World Cup qualifying campaign and avoid dropping off, something we failed to do in the build-up to Euro 2016."
"We have gained important and useful knowledge. Aside from the result, it was important to see how certain players would get on. I was pleased with that. Tactically it was a very demanding game. It was a massive test for our young and inexperienced players that have just come into the side and they dealt with it very, very well. We created several good opportunities in the first half. That wasn't the case as much after the break since we lost the ball too quickly on several occasions. Nevertheless it was a good experience for our young players. We just wanted to see how they would do in this kind of game."
When asked about the whistles directed at Thomas Müller from the crowd, attributed to alleged remarks about San Marino, Joachim Löw said he had read the full interview with Thomas, and that as far as he was concerned no disrespect was meant and the matter had been blown out of all proportion, adding "Anybody who knows Thomas Müller knows that he is a thoroughly decent guy."
Summing up 2016 as a whole, he said "It's been positive, although we were eliminated from the European Championships in the semi-finals and we were disappointed with that. We missed a lot of chances in the Euros and we have worked on that. We said that we need to approach qualification differently than after the World Cup and we have successfully done that. We have brought in several players to the team, so I am feeling positive looking ahead to next year. We have a lot of good prospects."
Joachim Löw finished by saying that he had several things in the diary for the rest of the year. "First and foremost there is the Bundesliga with Dortmund against Bayern on Saturday. Then I will spend a few days in Russia. There will be the draw to begin with but we will also be looking at hotels and training possibilities. I am prepared to be both inspired and surprised since I don't have any accommodation myself and have not seen any training facilities. I will also be at Il Classico in December in Spain and then I'll be in the stands for Barcelona vs. Gladbach and Real against Dortmund in the Champions League."
Bernd Leno, Benedikt Höwedes, Shkodran Mustafi, Mats Hummels (Jonathan Tah), Joshua Kimmich, Julian Weigl (Mario Götze), Sebastian Rudy, Yannick Gerhardt, Leon Goretzka (Serge Gnabry), Ilkay Gündogan, Thomas Müller (Kevin Volland)
Yannick Gerhardt made his debut for the senior team, becoming Jogi's 86th debutant.
Training, San Siro, 14 November 2016
Der Tag vor dem Italienspiel
immediately upon arrival in Milan, the DFB team headed for a press conference, where Joachim Löw joined the others in sharing his feelings from the Papal audience earlier that day.
"Having an audience with the Pope was very moving and impressed all of us. It was a special experience for everybody. He touched each and every one of us with his words."
Turning to team news he confirmed that Bernd Leno will start in goal and that Benedikt Höwedes will play alongside Mats Hummels in defence. He added "In addition it is pretty likely that Yannick Gerhardt will start in place of Jonas Hector. If Sebastian Rudy is to play, I plan for him to play in midfield rather than in defence."
On other members of the squad:
"Gomez has a bruised thigh so we'll see how he comes through training later. I don't want to have problems with his club," said Loew."He's had a few injury problems and started the season later than the rest. But I'm sure his confidence will come back once he starts hitting goals again."He's a great finisher and with Wolfsburg he's made a very important career decision."On integrating young players - "This process naturally takes a while. Not every young player can be a key member of the team immediately. We try to keep in regular contact with all players, including those who aren't often in the national team, in order to point out the important things for their development. The older players are also important since they can speak regularly with the new and younger players in the squad."
Asked about his Italian opponents, Jogi said that he saw little difference between the current side and the one they played at the European Championships. "The Italians have their own style, which they have been playing for years. We expect to face a team that is tactically brilliantly organised and will want to put us under pressure from the outset. Italy are very quick-thinking going forward which helps them create danger. I think that both teams can play without pressure and more freely than when we faced each other in the Euros." He had not decided whether or not to play three at the back.
"I have often said that the players are already at their limit," the coach told reporters in Rome on the eve of the match against Italy in Milan on Tuesday.
Jogi was also asked of his opinion on the Brazil national team and their progress since losing 7-1 to Germany in the 2014 World Cup. He said he was not surprised at their resurgence "It is indisputable that they have great, talented players." and said he was most impressed by their recent victory over Argentina - from elcomercio.pe
Summary of the whole press conference from dfb.de
Audience with Pope Francis, Vatican City, 14 November 2016
Pope Francis hosts DFB delegation in Vatican - from dfb.de
Löw bittet seine Weltmeister zur Sightseeing-Tour - 13 November 2016
Ausflüge in Rom
Teamabend - The German squad and management team's own version of the Mannequin Challenge - 12 November 2016
In the post-match press conference for the San Marino game, Jogi spoke about first visiting Rome:
At the press conference prior to the San Marino match, Joachim Löw advised that Bernd Leno will start in goal against Italy.
World champions Germany to meet Pope at Vatican - 31 October 2016
The full squad for the November international break can be found on my San Marino page.
Last updated 29 November 2016