Cologne (AP) – Questions to national coach Joachim Loew in the online press conference after the 3: 3 of the German national football team against Turkey in Cologne.
Question: What is your opinion on this test game? And what knowledge have you acquired?
Joachim Löw: The result pisses us off. If you lead three times and, like in September against Spain, ran into the equalizer at the last minute, that’s pretty annoying. But the problem has long been that we give up tours. We will tackle this before the Ukraine game so that we can learn from such situations in the future. We need to address a few points. About the game: There were some good attacks, the goals were well played. We had light and shadow in our game. So there are good insights that we take with us.
Question: How important will it be to end this curse of wasted victories in Ukraine this Saturday?
Löw: Of course it will be important as we bring the next games to victory. There will also be another team in Ukraine. I can assure you that everyone is warm and highly motivated to win the next game. I think we can.
Question: How do you rate Florian Neuhaus’s debut?
Löw: Florian played a good game. He scored a very nice goal, which turned out very well. He had a lot of actions in play. He had a lot of confidence in the ball, sometimes going through the midfield at high speed. When the goal was awarded to 2-2 you have to say it was clearly foul play on him that preceded the action. He can’t help it, it’s not his fault. Overall, I was happy.
Question: You said you wanted to collect a few points because of the playful tours. Which one will it be? Is the problem in the head? Is that carelessness? Fatigue?
Löw: No, fatigue is not an excuse or an explanation, that would be too easy. In some games we have lost control of the game. Then there’s the exploitation of opportunities: we had opportunities to make it 3-1 this time too. In the end, there were some simple ball losses in some zones as well. And when I see the target to 3: 3, it’s about the assignment in the 16th. There it goes hand in hand, there is no spatial coverage. But that is also a matter of concentration and mentality. We do many things well, but we have to reward ourselves.
Question: What do you expect from the Bayern players when you rejoin the team?
Löw: The Bayern players have much more experience in such games. They bring the quality you need in such close games. We benefit from that.
Question: Still think the back three is the right system for your team? Would you like to hold it in defense?
Löw: Switching to a back four is no problem for us. We have plenty of opportunities and enough players who can. Both systems are a variant for the future for me. The chain of three has already proven itself in a number of games. It is not up to the system whether we win or draw, as in the last few games. Everything on the field is very variable anyway. We often turn a three-man chain into a two-man defense by having a defender take the ball to midfield. We can then play with three attackers and put the fullbacks very high on the wing. These are all nuances.