"We expected an intense and aggressive game, which proved to be the case."
Germany - Mats Hummels 8'
Italy - Ignazio Abate 28'
Only the woodword was to deny Jogi a victory in his 100th international - a friendly that was sometimes anything but!
"I am happy with how the match went on the whole. We had an aggressive attacking performance and performed well defensively," said Löw. "It was clear to us beforehand that against the Italians it's not a friendly and that it sometimes gets tough."Joachim Low rues missed chances
Löw: "Intense and aggressive game"
"We did well in defence against Mario Balotelli and Daniel Osvaldo, but it was also a positive performance in attack."Mixed fortunes for Germany in Milan
"We were very competitive. The things we discussed and practised in training worked well," he summarised. All the more so given that, "Italy are the most flexible team defensively around. It's not easy to adapt and find a way past them."Bundestrainer Joachim Löw: "Haben eine gute Leistung abgeliefert" - Jogi also praised Mats Hummels, saying he had showed his class in the opening goal.
Löw: "112 Länderspiele würden mir mehr bedeuten"
Jubilar Löw dankt der Mannschaft: "Ihr seid dafür verantwortlich"
"Wir haben schon Möglichkeiten" - 16 November 2013
Manuel Neuer, Benedikt Höwedes, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Marcell Jansen, Philipp Lahm, Sami Khedira (Sven BEnder), Thomas Müller (Lars Bender), Toni Kroos, Andre Schürrle (Marco Reus), Mario Götze (Mesut Özil)
Löw reaches three figures with Germany - and UEFA celebrate Jogi's 100th match with some memorable quotes from the Bundestrainer!
Training session on arrival in Milan, 14 November 2013
Ozil could face Italy - Löw - 14 November 2013
"Mesut is feeling better," Low was quoted as saying by Bild. "I expect that he will take full part in our final training session (on Thursday)."Two short interviews with Jogi on ZDF:
"Es gibt keine Revanche!"
"Auch Italien hat Respekt"
No matter how much he tried to downplay his achievement, there was never a chance the press conference would pass without a mention of Jogi's amazing milestone of 100 matches in charge! Modestly, he claimed a century of games was a far greater landmark for a player, as they had to be selected, whereas a coach was there regardless!
"I have a lot to thank both the DFB and [German Football Association President] Wolfgang Niersbach for," said Löw at a press conference in Munich, where the Germany squad are preparing for their friendlies against Italy and England. "They always backed me, even when things weren't so easy," he continued, before joking: "It's much more difficult for players to reach that number - they have to be called up, whereas I'm guaranteed my place."Team news:
- Miroslav Klose out for both games.
- Per Mertesacker will remain in London, and will hopefully meet up with the team Saturday. Mesut Ozil is flying to Munich and should train tomorrow.
- Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng will be centre-back partnership.
- Upfront striker options are Max Kruse or Mario Götze. He sees Marco Reus and Andre Schürrle as better suited on the flanks.
- Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos commended, and in starting line-up.
- There will be changes in the games, but as a break of 3 and 5 months before the next games, makes sense to play all the players available.
Löw: "Auf Überraschungen Italiens richtig reagieren"
Löw spricht Machtwort: "Jeder sollte es schaffen zu regenerieren"
"Mario Balotelli is one of the best players in the world and Cesare Prandelli is an excellent tactician, who has done a tremendous job with the national team." he was speaking exclusively to ExtraTime."Italy are a wolf in sheep's clothing" - Löw excited by Azzurri test - 13 November 2013
"There are no better opponents than Italy for a November friendly," Löw told reporters.
"They come as a wolf in sheep's clothing as you never know what to expect from this team. They can adjust their game like no other team in the world, they are illusionists."
The 53-year-old also says he will be looking for an impressive performance from his side, even though there is little riding on the clash.
"The vagaries of the match should not affect our display," he added. "This team must continue to mature, and improve many aspects of our game."
"Wir spielen den Stil der Nationalmannschaft" - 12 November 2013
In an interview today with Süddeutsche Zeiting, Jogi spoke of his delight in playing such strong opponents as Italy, and his desire to play in the style of the national team.
Bundestrainer beißt zurück: Löw verbittet sich Einmischung
He also defended his right to publically criticise players (having told as much to Jürgen Klopp after the Dortmund coach spoke out against comments taken as criticism of Mats Hummels). In the interview Jogi modestly dismissed his 100th match as being less important than for a player, saying his time with the DFB had begun two years earlier as assistant.
As the squad assembled in Munich, 11 November 2013, it wasn't just the players with fitness worries. Jogi having suffered two dislocated fingers while playing indoor football in Freiburg! "I caught my right hand in the jersey of an opponent" he said. - from Bild
Mesut Özil grounded by Arsenal bug
Weidenfeller called up for Italy and England friendlies - 8 November 2013
"Manuel Neuer is currently our clear number one. We know what we have in Rene Adler or younger goalkeepers such as Ron-Robert Zieler and Marc-André ter Stegen. We have watched Roman Weidenfeller for some time and noted his consistently strong performances for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga and the Champions League. We are looking forward to having Roman with us and getting to know him better." - Joachim Löw is quoted on dfb.de
Klose back, Schweinsteiger out for Germany - 8 November 2013
Löw to celebrate 100th football match against Italy - 12 October 2013
The Italy game marked Jogi's 100th as Bundestrainer and, quoted on the dfb.de website, he said "More important than any milestone is that I still have the same joy, energy and motivation working with the national team as I had on my first international game as head coach more than seven years ago, in the game against Sweden,"
Last updated 6 May 2014