Germany manager Joachim Low confirmed prior to the England match that he would be resting a number of key players like Mesut Ozil. This would also allow the opportunity to test a number of new players for the team ahead of the World Cup. However, this has been interpreted as a sign of disrespect towards England, who are not regarded as one of the top teams in the world right now. Low, though, has clarified his comments by saying that he only wants to use his squad strength and look at a number of new players.
Germany qualified for the World Cup with relative ease by managing to do so several weeks prior to the end of the qualification campaign. The team recently suffered badly in the form of injury to Sami Khedira, which would possibly rule him out of the World Cup. Hence, Low needs a player who can do the job as the Real Madrid man has efficiently done in the last few years. Ozil has also been playing constantly since the start of the season, which would wear him out at the start of the World Cup.
“It was clear for me that these two matches against Italy and England, I would use them to try out new players in key positions and what better test for these up-and-coming players than to play in front of a partisan crowd of 80,000 fans spurring their own team on. It was a deliberate acid test for these young players and it’s definitely not the case that we’re fielding a B team or that there’s any lack of respect to our hosts,” said Low.
Due to these reasons, Low will be looking at some of the younger players like Mario Gotze. England do not have such luxury in terms of squad strength.
Germany manager Joachim Low has been left with more questions than answers after their latest match against France.
Germany were up against France in the final international match before they head to the Euro 2012.
Germany were coming confident into the match, but they were up against a French national team that was undefeated in the last 17 matches.
The France national team has certainly been reinvigorated following the arrival of Laurent Blanc. Players like Florent Malouda were appearing re-energised after spending many years in the wilderness under the regime of Domenech.
France have failed to do anything of being called worthy in the last three major international tournaments. It was about time since France delivered the goods that they were known to be capable of. Hence, Germany was certainly not having an easy game on their hands, but Joachim Low would have been extremely disappointed with the way his team lost against the French.
France claimed a 2-1 victory in difficult circumstances in the match after goals from Florent Malouda and Olivier Giroud gave French victory in the match. Cacau scored the only goal of the game for the Germans, and it was the only thing to smile about for Joachim Low in this match.
“You are always frustrated when you lose games and I am a bit annoyed with how we lost. France were superior to us throughout the game. We were unable to find our game in the second half and that is why France deserved to win. It would have been better if we had got at least a draw, but it was good for me that I scored,” Joachim Low said after the match. It would be certainly interesting to see the team Joachim Low picks for the Euro 2012 given this poor result.