Saturday, 26 May 2012

St Jakob-Park, Basel

"We didn't expect a result like this and we cannot be satisfied by it."

Switzerland - 21' Eren Derdiyok 21', 23', 50', Stephan Lichtsteiner 67', Admir Mehmedi 77'
Germany - Mats Hummels 45', Andre Schürrle 64', Marco Reus 72'

Defensive woes as Germany concede more than three goals in a game for the first time under Joachim Löw, and lose two consecutive games for only the second time

Löw staying calm after Switzerland loss

"We are disappointed with this result," said Löw. "We knew that we would be lacking freshness ahead of this game after intensive training sessions over the last few days. Our communication was poor and thus we conceded five goals. It was only a friendly match and there's a lot to be learned from this game. We made a lot of mistakes, but we still have two weeks and I'm not worried."
"Obviously the Bayern players are still missing and we knew that we would be without a few regulars in this game," he explained. "Bayern's defeat in the UEFA Champions League final won't be a topic for us any more; I'm sure they have put that disappointment behind them. We are all extremely focused on the upcoming task of the Euro.
He also had words of reassurance for Ter Stegen after the VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach keeper endured a difficult debut. "I told Ter Stegen after the game to keep his head up. He has exceptional qualities, but our entire defence made too many mistakes today."
Match reports - 26/27 May 2012:
Derdiyok rocks short-staffed Germany
Switzerland catch Germany cold in Euro 2012 warm-up
Swiss crush makeshift Germany
"We made far too many mistakes," said Germany coach Joachim Löw.
"The team had not played with such a line-up before. Now we have two weeks to work on this and I have absolutely no concerns that the coordination within the team will start working."
Germany suffer heavy defeat in Switzerland
Hat-trick by Eren Derdiyok sets up shock Switzerland win over Germany
Weakened Germany loses to Switzerland 5-3

Joachim Löw: "Die Konzentration hat gefehlt" - Jogi talks to dfb.de. He describes the German defence as 'not exactly outstanding', and says Miroslav Klose and Per Mertesacker are still short of match practice. Debutant goalie Marc-André ter Stegen should not 'hang his head', and speaking of the players who will have to leave the squad on Monday, he said it would be tough, but it would be good that they had been with the squad.
An English translation of the interview with thanks to bundesliga.de
"Das Ergebnis ist ärgerlich" - Jogi is interviewed in the German press

Goal fest shows work left to be done for Löw - tactical analysis from bundesligafanatic
Play-by-play match ticker and player ratings from goal.com

A video of Jogi's post-match interview with ZDF

And he tells how Swiss coach Ottmar Hitzfeld gave him a word of encouragement at the end - by saying how in 2010 Switzerland had beaten Spain, who then went on to become World Champions!

All the goals from the match can be seen in highlights on team.dfb.de

An interview with Jogi, originally on the Nivea website, before the Switzerland game.

Löw: Schweiz ist das 'kleine Holland'

"The game comes at the right time." he said at the pre-match press conference in Tourettes, the German training base for the past week. "Switzerland is a very good opponent for us, possibly a small Holland." - 25 May 2012
Schalke's Julian Draxler will make his international debut. A back four of Benedict Höwedes, Per Mertesacker, Mats Hummels and Marcel Schmelzer will be used, to try out the full-back formation and which side Philipp Lahm should play. Mesut Özil and Sami Khedira will start, but will not play the full 90 minutes. Ilkay Gündogan will play. Jogi described him as a 'little Schweinsteiger'. - from t-online

Löw plant gegen Schweiz mit Klose - Jogi confirmed that, so long as his training progresses normally, he would play in the central-striker's role against Switzerland. - 24 May 2012

Testspiel in Basel: Löw verzichtet gegen die Schweiz auf die Bayern
At a DFB press conference, assistant coach Hansi Flick confirmed that the Bayern Munich players would not be called upon for the friendly against Switzerland. - 22 May 2012

Löw sorgt sich um Klose und schont Bayern-Stars
The German team will be without their Bayern Munich stars for their first warm-up friendly against Switzerland, as they were not arriving at the preparation camp until 25 May. "When they come they can't be immediately used. They have to have a bit of a break and we will then have to decide when they start team training," Jogi was quoted as saying in an interview with Süddeutsche Zeitung. "Three-and-a-half weeks of preparation with the whole team would have been ideal, but as a coach I have to adjust to the situation". - 28 April 2012

For reports from the German base in the lead up to this match,
see my Provence Training Camp page.

Last updated 6 August 2012
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