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The German national team manager Joachim Loew has said that he made a few mistakes in the recent 4-4 draw with Sweden. This has to be one of the most amazing matches in recent times after the German national team managed a 4-0 scoreline going into the second half. It appeared that they would coast to victory in the World Cup qualifying campaign. They are coming into this match on the back of three consecutive victories, but Sweden produced an amazing comeback in the second half – mainly inspired by the PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic – and managed to draw the match 4-4.
Many have said that even though this is a draw, it feels like a defeat due to the nature of the match. This has increased the pressure on the manager Joachim Loew, who was already criticised following a poor performance by Germany in the final stages of a major competition. Rather than blame others for the defeat, the former assistant manager has taken the blame by saying that he made a few mistakes in the match. He has also said that he never saw the game turning around in the manner that it did. He has said that have altered things be sending a defensive midfielder, but it was too late.
“Of course I can, absolutely. I also couldn’t believe the game was turning. Maybe I could have sent out a signal by making a substitution, with a defensive man who could have provided some relief to the team. I had also not experienced something like this in 20 years. I will also learn from this. Our players had the feeling of certain victory and didn’t imagine it would come down to such a situation,” said Joachim Loew, whose team will face the Netherlands and France in friendly matches after this match.
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The German national team manager Joachim Loew has said that he is extremely disappointed with the performance of his strikers in the final third of the pitch. Germany has begun the World Cup qualification campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in excellent form after winning the first two matches against Faroe Islands and Austria. However, Germany were expected to score a lot of goals in both these matches, but they could only get five goals in total from these two matches. The national team manager has attributed the lack of coherence in the final third of the pitch as a reason for the team not scoring as many goals as they should have.
Still, he has said that he is happy to have taken six points from the first two qualification matches and it puts them in the front foot straight away. The biggest tests for Germany will be coming in the next few matches when they will be facing the Republic of Ireland and Sweden. The captain Philipp Lahm will not be available for the match against the Republic of Ireland, which will be a major headache for Joachim Loew. Loew has come under criticism for the failure to win the Euro 2012.
“We are lacking some ease and calm in our game, not everything is working well. We need to stabilise our game. Sometimes it’s good when the deficits are obvious, then we know which areas we have specifically to focus on. We need to do some work on the basics again and that is the phase we are currently in. I do not think it is unreasonable that we are now being looked at more critically,” said Joachim Loew after the Austria match. The Real Madrid attacker Mesut Ozil has been the outstanding player in these two matches.
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