Basel (dpa) – When the national football team’s team bus pulled out of the “Joggeli” shortly after midnight, the national team coach and his angry staff had both frustration and confidence on board.
“Both games were full of light and shadow, with good approaches, but of course both games also made mistakes,” said Joachim Löw on Monday evening before leaving for the two 1-1 games against Spain and Switzerland. “Feelings are mixed,” the 2014 World Champion coach revealed: “Of course you want to win the games.” The 60-year-old added that he could also bring ‘good insights’ from the Nations League matches for the European Championship title in 2021.
At the St. Jakob Park in Basel, also called “Joggeli” by football fans, the DFB team lost a 1-0 lead against Spain, just like three days earlier in Stuttgart. So, after six games in the Nations League, we still have to wait for the first victory. With only two points after two games, the league is in danger of crashing, just like in the first edition two years ago. “I’m also a bit pissed off,” said midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.
The Manchester City professional had given Switzerland an early lead (14th minute). But in the end it was not enough. Silvan Widmer (58th) equalized for the Confederates. “Unfortunately it was comparable to against Spain, so we can certainly work on more solutions and more confidence as a team,” said interim captain Toni Kroos.
Low sees it as just one of many other tasks on the complicated path to the European Championship, which was postponed to summer 2021 due to the corona pandemic. However, he sees no reason to panic. “There were good approaches, but of course we want to win in October”, said the national coach. Then the Nations League in Ukraine and Cologne, which is still controversial among fans, will go on against Switzerland.
Given the special situation, Löw had virtually planned that his partially newly formed team would not act flawlessly and consistently for more than 90 minutes this time due to the nearly ten-month Corona hiatus, a different fitness level of the players and the abandonment of half a dozen permanent employees: “I almost expected that.” The most important thing for him: “I saw that the players were willing to make things happen.”
And when the four Munich triple winners saved around captain Manuel Neuer and the two Champions League semi-finalists from Leipzig, as well as new Chelsea pro Kai Havertz, are back, it will also work towards the first Nations League victory, Löw. is convinced. In any case, there will be an intensive analysis: “We will look at the games again and think about what we are going to do in October.”