GERMANY 3 - 3 PARAGUAY
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
"We were lacking in both concentration and tactics during the first 10 to 15 minutes,"
Germany - Ilkay Gündogan 18', Thomas Müller 31', Lars Bender 75'
Paraguay - Jose Núñez 9', Wilson Pittoni 14', Miguel Angel Ramon Samudio 45+1'
Germany have to come from behind twice to earn a draw with Paraguay. While Jogi admits the team had made basic errors, preparation time had certainly been minimal, the squad not having been together for several months.
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"We made elementary mistakes, tactical mistakes, especially in the beginning. We lacked concentration," Löw told reporters.Germany "will improve" following Paraguay draw
"Overall in the first half, the whole defence was very erratic. The opponent had too much space. But you could see some players were missing match practice. The freshness wasn't there.
"Of course the performances will improve once the players get into their seasons with their clubs. We will improve through September and October."
"This is my favourite topic. If a team plays high up the field against us, we have to change our style accordingly. Sometimes we do this very well, but sometimes we're too passive. In these instances, nobody wants the ball," Löw explained.Germany's search for balance continues after 3-3 draw against Paraguay
"We will definitely improve in the coming months - as we always do!"
- from Bundesliga Fanatic
Joachim Löw: "Das waren elementare Fehler" - a post-match interview
And if you were wondering where those fabulous new trousers come from - it's Hugo Boss
Open Training Session, Mainz, 12 August 2013
Press Conference, Mainz, 13 August 2013, with Mats Hummels and Mario Gomez
Germany coach Joachim Löw has promised to entertain the fans
"It was moving for all of us to have 20,000 fans come to watch us train," he said. "That showed how big a bond we have with our fans."Germany strikers Gomez, Klose are my first choice: Löw
"They want to see us fight and they want to enjoy themselves when they see us play."
"Of course it's an important issue for us to be compact in defence, but the thing I love the most is playing attacking football," he said at a press conference.
"I want a team who plays as much as possible in the opponents' half. Of course the defence should suffer for this, but it's true that we have been conceding too many."
"It's hard to have a strong defence without playing catenaccio [an Italian defensive tactic] while still being able to score two or three goals."
"We need to develop because we want to play an important role at the World Cup and the Paraguay game is an important test for us to warm up," he added.
"They have a different style of play to European sides and, on the way to Brazil, it's good if we play against one or two sides from South America to get used to this different style."
"If we don't have an injury, if there is no major dip in form, Gomez and Klose are our first choice, our first priority," Löw told reporters ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Paraguay in Kaiserslautern.
"There are also players like Stefan Kiessling or Max Kruse. So I think we have alternatives but the development seems to go towards deploying also other players like (offensive midfielder) Mario Götze in that position. Quick, speedy players who can drag a physically bigger defender out of position."
Veteran Klose, who made his first of 127 appearances in 2001 and needs one more goal to equal Gerd Mueller's German record of 68 international goals, and Gomez will both earn playing time against the South Americans on Wednesday, Löw said.
"I will wait until this evening's training session before deciding," he said.
"Both are coming in from their pre-season preparation with their clubs. In Italy it is a bit different. Long training camps of up to three weeks and a lot of work on stamina. I think that maybe each will play a half or at least that both will play."
Löw also revealed he encouraged former FC Bayern Munich striker Gomez to move to ACF Fiorentina this summer. "We had a long discussion. Fiorentina played with a very attacking style of football last season. That caters to Mario's strengths," he explained.
Question marks remain over the fitness of Borussia Dortmund duo Ilkay Gündogan and Marco Reus, however. Reus has been suffering from a cold and missed training on Monday, while Gündogan has had a back injection following an injury he sustained last week.
"If there are any problems, we will make the sensible decision and not risk them," confirmed Löw. - from Bundesliga.com
Other points from press conference:
- Goal is to qualify directly for World Cup and be unbeaten. Want fans to be proud of way team are playing.
- Progress of players who move to clubs abroad, especially Ozil and Khedira, learn about other styles of play which helps team.
Next stop: the Maracana? Germany starts World Cup season - 13 August 2013
"The standard at the World Cup will be high," Löw said ahead of Wednesday's friendly game against Paraguay. "Many countries want the title. But our chances are very fair. We have the quality and every chance of winning, but the top teams are all very close."
The German coach and his backroom colleagues have a lot of work ahead of them, and not very much time to do it. Even in the case of the Paraguay game, Löw had just 55 hours to prepare his team, with the players arriving only after the opening Bundesliga fixtures at the weekend.
"We need to improve on fundamental, instinctive aspects of play and thus gain stability. We need to learn to pressure our opponents immediately. We need to instill this aggression into the entire team," Löw said.
"We must not start thinking that the aim is to take our own ideas with us to Brazil," Löw cautioned. "We need to adapt to the conditions. We must prepare the team for what awaits them there."
Even for a friendly, Löw has called up the strongest squad currently available to him - including the seven Germany regulars now plying their trade outside the Bundesliga. New additions to this list include Chelsea signing Andre Schürrle and Fiorentina acquisition Mario Gomez.
How fit these players will be is an open question, considering that the English, Italian and Spanish top divisions restart a little later than the Bundesliga. Mesut Özil, Sami Khedira, Miroslav Klose and others are still in the middle of their pre-season preparations. Even Löw confessed that their precise condition was "hard to ascertain."
The team met in Mainz on Monday morning, and in the evening held a ticket-only Open Training session streamed live on tv.dfb.de.
Unfortunately inclement weather rather let the side down!
An interview with a rather wet Jogi at the end of the session can be found on my youtube channel.
Jogi Löw bittet zum ersten WM-Härtetest - 12 August 2013
In the short time available to him before the Paraguay game, Jogi speaks of imparting to his players all he has learnt from his recent trip to Brazil.
Julian Draxler has withdrawn from the squad due to damaging his left Achilles tendon in Schalke's match at the weekend. - 11 August 2013
Press Conference, Frankfurt, 8 August 2013, with Horst Hrubesch
Jogi, along with newly re-appointed U-21 coach Horst Hrubesch, announce ther first squads of the new season at DFB Headquarters in Frankfurt.
German coach Löw calls up core players for Paraguay test
"I'm very happy, that for the first time in five months we again have a lot of players in the squad who are the bedrock of our team," Löw said.Löw picks strong Germany squad for Paraguay friendly
"It's important to start strongly in the season that will end with the World Cup in Brazil. We want to ready ourselves for the World Cup qualifiers in September and October with this match."
"We go into this season with a lot of hope. The World Cup is right in front of us and this is the last stretch," Löw told a news conference. "The Paraguay game is not a warm-up exercise but a serious test against a South American team."Löw avoids experiments against Paraguay
"We have an outstanding position in our group and are on an approach flight to Brazil. In September we can take the decisive step. We want to win the group without losing a game."
(André Schürrle and Mario Gomez moving to clubs abroad) "I am sure both players will benefit from their experience abroad," he said. "André Schürrle is in good hands with José Mourinho, as Mesut Özil and Sami Khedira's development under him at Real Madrid proves. I also see Mario Gomez's transfer as a positive move. At Fiorentina, he has the support he needs to perform to the best of his abilities. I am certain he will make just as big an impression in Italy as Miroslav Klose.""Schweinsteiger wird immer einen Platz finden"
"Although the World Cup in Brazil is still 10 months away, the Paraguay game is a good opportunity for us to come to terms with the South American style of play," said Löw. "They will be highly motivated against us. We're looking forward to the game and I expect there will be a great atmosphere in Kaiserslautern. Naturally, we want to put on a show for the fans."
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Götze have not been included as they have not yet recovered full form, and Toni Kroos has been excused international duty due to his wife expecting their first child.
Jogi however offered reassurance about his vice-captain Schweinsteiger's role in the future, having spoken to both his club coach, Pep Guardiola and the player himself in recent days. He called him a leader of character and a great strategist, who has an important part to play for both club and country.
Joachim Löw: "Wir sind im Landeanflug auf Brasilien" - a summary of all the points at the press conference from dfb.de
Away from the match itself other points discussed were:- Recent doping scandals. The players are regularly tested. Jogi spoke of his and the DFB's commitment to clean and fair football.
- He confirmed his opinion of Hansi Flick's suitability for the DFB sporting director role
- There will always be players qualified by age for the U21 team who will form part of the national team and will remain with them, such as Mario Götze and Ilkay Gundogan.
See also my August 2013 Archive for other points not specifically related to this match.
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), René Adler (Hamburger SV)
Defenders: Jérome Boateng, Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Benedikt Höwedes (Schalke 04),Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer (both Borussia Dortmund),Marcell Jansen (Hamburger SV), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)
Midfielders: Lars Bender (Bayer 04 Leverkusen),Sven Bender, Ilkay Gündogan, Marco Reus (all Borussia Dortmund), Julian Draxler (Schalke 04), Sami Khedira, Mesut Özil (both Real Madrid) Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), André Schürrle (Chelsea)
Forwards: Mario Gomez (Fiorentina), Miroslav Klose (Lazio)
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