The team of national coach Joachim Löw is having a hard time with the Swiss. In the end, there is again no success – and it will even be very close.
Second game in the Nations League, again no victory for Germany. The team of national coach Joachim Löw got no further than a 1: 1 (1: 0) against Switzerland in Basel and are waiting for the first three in Group 4. Ilkay Gündogan had given the DFB-Elf the lead early on, Silvan Widmer (58th managed to equalize for the hosts. “Unfortunately it was not enough,” said Löw on ZDF. “We just didn’t manage to make it 2-0 again. That would have given us certainty. We can’t capitalize on the good chances. I think the draw will be fine.” Two draws in a row are “absolutely” annoying.
“Unfortunately it was similar to the one against Spain, so we can certainly work on more solutions and more confidence as a team,” Löw’s midfield strategist Toni Kroos said on ZDF. “If there are six points to be divided and you only get two, that is disappointing.” Teammate Julian Draxler agreed: “It was a match similar to the one against Spain. We played a lot after half time and are not 100% satisfied with our style of play either.”
Low shouted “Quiet” in the beginning
Löw and his national players are waiting for their first victory in the new league and are already under great pressure in the October matches in Ukraine and Cologne against Switzerland – just like in the first edition, there is even a chance of relegation from the A- group.
Low kept shouting instructions to the field from the start. “Calmness” and “composure” were often part of it, as well as praise for the successful actions of his players, who had recovered well from the display of power against Spain. Somewhat surprisingly, the national team manager had made only two changes to the starting line-up. Matthias Ginter played for Emre Can in the defensive triple chain, Bernd Leno was allowed to prove himself in goal. Kevin Trapp sat on the couch.
Sané was the most eye-catching actor
Both teams’ special playing facility with high pressure was very similar. The Swiss had also decided to put pressure on the DFB team extremely early and then with four or five players to disrupt the German development game. Leno held out against the former Frankfurt Haris Seferovic (12th). At first, however, the German team managed to free itself playfully and safely on the ball. In the second half, the game was a bit more tactical than fast and the DFB-Elf seemed less and less convincing.
On the offensive, new Münchener Leroy Sané was once again the most eye-catching player until he was substituted at halftime after leaving the field with cramps after a good hour against Spain. Goalkeeper Yann Sommer (7th) held a first shot from the Bayern professional, who repeatedly employed two or three Swiss defenders. With Gündogan’s deliberate and placed shot from just outside the penalty area after Ginter presented the German lead, Gladbach Bundesliga goalkeeper was powerless.
Low cheered briefly and clenched both hands into fists. “Of course you want to win,” said the 60-year-old before the start of his 183rd game as DFB head coach. Most recently there was a 4-0 and a 3: 5 against Switzerland in Basel.
Switzerland became stronger after the break
With six current Bundesliga professionals in the starting line-up, the hosts got stronger after the German leadership. The fast Breel Embolo from Gladbach, who repeatedly pushed to the top from midfield, caused enormous unrest in the German defense around Ginter, Antonio Rüdiger and Niklas Süle.
Leno also had to save from Renato Steffen from Wolfsburg (26th) and Swiss captain Granit Xhaka (44th). Seferovic fired a deviated shot on goal (35th) and he also hit the outside post (42nd). At this stage, the German midfield was lacking to avoid the decisive passes before the scoring odds were reached.
The DFB-Elf opened itself through the power play of the Swiss, who lost 2-1 in Ukraine on Thursday, but also time and again against situations. Julian Draxler should have raised after a pass from Timo Werner, but the hurried PSG professional’s shot went straight to summer (31st). Still, after the action, Löw shouted: “Very good!” Draxler’s shot rushed by in the 52nd minute.
“Clean passes”, Loew demanded from his players in the middle of the second half. Just as the DFB team seemed to be in control of the game, Widmer scored the tying run, which was preceded by a gross error by Julian Brandt, who was substituted for Sané. The whole German defense left too much room for the Swiss, with Widmer’s shot wing defender Robin Gosens came too late. Jonathan Tah arrived after a good hour before Süle. Not much was possible in the offensive.