Cologne (dpa) – Joachim Löw gets into trouble. In any case, the circumstances with the Corona crisis and unusual burdens for its elite kickers are complicated.
Now, the faction of longtime winners from Munich must break the curse of playful victories to end uncertainty heading for EM next summer. “Now it will of course be important that we win the next games,” said the national coach clearly after the frustration at the last minute in the test game against Turkey, which was partly homemade.
At least the time seems right: the selection of Ukraine, weakened by Corona failures, lost 7-1 in Paris against world champions France. And it was also possible to report from the DFB quarter that the recently injured midfield routine player Toni Kroos and the attacker Timo Werner, who also came later due to a cold, can begin the journey to the Ukrainian risk area.
Before the match on Saturday (8.45 p.m. / ARD) in Kiev, the German national team again lost a lead in 3: 3 (1: 0) against the Turks – this time three times in 90 minutes. Even if the team that was thrown together on Wednesday evening is to be rated differently from an eleven with all permanent staff, it was clear to temporary captain Julian Draxler: “I don’t really want to say we had a good approach. on winning matches – and we didn’t make it. “
The Löw team has not won for almost a year. Even though there was a long pause due to the corona pandemic and the four-time world champion is unbeaten for 13 months at a time: the long wait for a sense of achievement is increasingly boring to players, fans and now boss Löw. At RTL, less than six million viewers watched the target pendulum swing on both sides after Draxler’s tour.
In the next point matches in Ukraine and three days later again in Cologne against Switzerland, it is also a matter of confidence in the course of the 2014 World Champion trainer. He first reduced the XXL team to 23 players. Benjamin Henrichs (RB Leipzig), Dortmund’s Nico Schulz and Mahmoud Dahoud, Niklas Stark (Hertha) and Nadiem Amiri from Leverkusen are not on the charter plane to Kiev on Friday.
Instead, Löw relies on Bayern’s strong parliamentary group around captain Manuel Neuer, driver Joshua Kimmich and forward Serge Gnabry, who last appeared in the DFB dress in November 2019. The absolute will to win the Champions League winners in Munich is now required. “We need to be clearer, more mature, sometimes more dirty,” said Dortmund defender Emre Can.
“But that is also a matter of concentration and mentality. We do many things well, but we have to reward ourselves,” said Löw after an eventful football evening in Cologne in front of 300 spectators.
He spoke of “light and shadow” and saw some “good insights” being brought to light. The Mönchengladbach debutant Florian Neuhaus could therefore not only use his chance in the match that Löw had forcibly declared a perspective test for possible EM successors by his goal. Luca Waldschmidt of Benfica Lisbon, also a first time goal scorer, loved the direct train to the goal.
The flaws list was longer. A lack of game control and organization under pressure, insufficient utilization of opportunities, open spaces, poor allocation – Löw mentioned all this himself. But it was not the first time that the 60-year-old had to find out for himself that he cannot ignore the generally applicable football laws.
Defensive players like Schulz or Chelsea FC’s Antonio Rüdiger could see the lack of match training in their clubs. Löw had previously predicted exactly the opposite in the Rüdiger case. In addition to Neuhaus and Jonas Hofmann from Gladbach, Dahoud also made a short international debut, although he is a substitute in Dortmund.
This is one of the reasons why discussions about the performance principle in the national team continue to grow. In addition, a comeback of ex-world champions Thomas Müller and Mats Hummels is no problem for Löw, although they are absolute leaders at Bayern and Dortmund. In addition to the roster selection, Löw’s switching tactics are always amazing. The fact that he changed the structure of his team, which was already fighting for stability, against the Turks, who were also not in the top line-up, in the closing minutes with additional players Stark and Amiri, added to the general uncertainty in the German B representation.
Only one end of the winless phase can change the mood in and around the team. “There will be a different team on the field in Ukraine. Everyone, I can assure you, is very excited and very motivated to win the next game,” Loew promised. In view of better staffing, he added, “I think we can.”