Cologne (dpa) – The victory, again lost in injury time, will continue to impact the German national team for some time to come.
After a triple lead and the disappointing last minute 3: 3 against Turkey, the disappointment was too great. “We need to talk about the problems, what we need to improve. We also need to develop a different mentality”, Joachim Löw said on Wednesday after an eventful football evening in Cologne “with light and shadow”. There is much to tell in the team hotel on the Rhine with a view of the cathedral.
“We need to address a few things,” Löw announced intensive analysis and processing. Because in view of the upcoming more important Nations League games on Saturday (8.45 p.m. / ARD) in the Ukraine and three days later in Cologne against Switzerland in the test of Turkey, he had to part with many regular customers and had a whole new team to the lawn did not change the current main problem. “Certainly when we are in the lead, we should not be negligent,” complained Löw.
The 60-year-old sees a need for improvement on a number of points. Lack of ball control and organization, even under pressure, poor utilization of opportunities after repeated leadership, open spaces and a lack of allocation – this was Löw’s list of flaws. “The result pisses us off. If you lead three times and, like in September against Spain, get the equalizer at the last minute, it’s pretty annoying,” he said.
Of course, Löw’s B-Formation can be seen as an improvised solution. Some protagonists such as Dortmund’s Nico Schulz and Antonio Rüdiger of Chelsea FC had traveled to their clubs without match training. However, the DFB head coach was able to dispel some positive findings in view of the postponed EM in the coming summer. The Mönchengladbach debutant Florian Neuhaus not only showed his potential with a nice goal. Luca Waldschmidt, also a first-time goal scorer, always showed the direct move to the opponent’s goal. And Benjamin Henrichs from New Leipzig quickly found his way after a three-year hiatus.
But first, Löw’s team must win again, also to stop discussions about the selection criteria for the team composition and change practices of the national coach in the critical final phase. “Of course it will now be important that we win the next games,” said Löw. “There will also be another team on the field in Ukraine,” he said, watching the Bayern professionals return. “Everyone, I can assure you, is hot and very motivated to win the next game”, said the national coach. And he added, despite Wednesday night’s anger, “I think we will.”