Germany coach Joachim Low has talked about what went wrong in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and he is now motivated to turn things around before the 2020 Euro Cup.
Joachim Low’s men crashed out from the group stage in the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The defending champions crashed out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the worst possible way. After losing their opening match against Mexico, they came back strongly after a stoppage-time winner against Sweden. However, it all came to an end, when they suffered a shock 2-0 defeat against South Korea. Low has agreed to blame himself, and he feels his style of play was not convincing.
“It was almost arrogant of me. I wanted to push this style of play as far it could go, perfect it even more.”
The German coach in the earlier tournaments had significant success with the team. He had won a World Cup and reached at least the semifinals of every other major competition in the past.
Low admitted he failed to create a hunger for success in Russia. But he is now pumped up again to turn things around.
“With all of our energy, we want to bring the ship back on course.”
For Low and his men, all eyes are now on Euro 2020. There are also some changes announced in the backroom staff. Thomas Schneider, the assistant coach, has now taken over as head of scouting.
Meanwhile, General Director, Oliver Bierhoff called for a new identity within the Germany squad. He promised to work against the alienation between the national team and its fans.
“We had a fan-friendly match in the build-up to the tournament with a 6 p.m. kick-off against Saudi-Arabia. We held a public training session in our training camp in Italy, and the players cycled to training. They signed autographs. But we want to open more doors.”