Despite achieving another disappointing result in a 3-3 draw with the Swiss national team yesterday, Tuesday, in the European Nations Football League competitions, Joachim Loew, the German coach, reiterated that reaching the golden square in the tournament scheduled for next year is the minimum goals for the team in the tournament, Acknowledging that some mistakes must be corrected by the national team.
The “Manshafts” began the current international suspension period with a 3-3 draw with his Turkish counterpart, then achieved its first victory in the European Nations League by hardly defeating his Ukrainian counterpart 2-1 last Saturday, but returned to wasting points by tying with Switzerland on Tuesday evening.
“It was a very fierce match, and both teams took a lot of stakes, but several mistakes were also made,” Loew said after yesterday’s match. “We planned to play with a margin of risk, but we need to correct the mistakes.”
He added, “When we go to the European Nations Cup, our goal will be to reach the farthest point, but qualifying for the semi-finals is the minimum of our ambition.”
“The team has a lot of potential, and we need to fix a few things, but I think there is reason to be enthusiastic,” he added.
Loew confirmed that the return after being late with two goals, as well as a draw after being late 2-3, were positive things, but others did not seem convinced of that.
“The German national team is at the level of its Swiss counterpart, but it is not at the level of the elite in Europe,” the sports magazine Kicker reported, while former national team star Lothar Matthews was particularly critical of the team’s defense and Wolof.
“I already said before the match that the team enjoys more comfort with 3 defenders, but Loew wanted to try something else again,” Matthews said in statements to the German newspaper Bild.
Luv pushed the quartet Lucas Klosterman, Antonio Rudiger, Matthias Ginter and Robin Gossens in defense in front of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, but Mario Gavranovich and Remo Frelier found the loopholes and succeeded in finding the net with the two goals to advance to Switzerland.
Timo Werner and Kai Havertz equalized for Germany, but Gavranovic scored again in the second half before Serge Gnabry equalized 3-3 for the German national team.
The players who scored the three goals for the German national team are aged 25, 24 and 21, respectively, which embodies the effectiveness of the young and fast elements that Loew wants to develop in preparation for the European Nations Cup, which was scheduled for this year, but was postponed to next year due to the Corona crisis.
But there is no doubt that Loew still has more work to do on the defensive side in order to achieve the goal of reaching the semi-finals of the European Nations League.
The exception was the superiority of experience over youth in the national team, through the brilliance of Toni Kroos, Real Madrid’s midfielder, who became the 15th German player to participate in 100 international matches.
With the fact that Kroos is still in his 30s, he has a good chance of advancing further in the list of players with the most participation with the German national team, but at the same time it seems that Matthews will maintain the lead for a long time, as he participated in 150 international matches.
The German national team plays a friendly match against its Czech counterpart, and then faces Ukraine and Spain in Leipzig and Seville, respectively, in the European Nations League competitions.
And before the last two rounds of the group stage matches, the German national team ranks second in Group D in the first division competitions in the Nations League with 6 points, one point behind the Spanish counterpart, and with only goal difference against the Ukrainian team.
Only the teams that win the group heads qualify for the semi-finals, which will be held next year.