“I can’t blame the team,” says Löw
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Germany loses its European Championship opening game against France. The pressure on the team increases enormously after the false start. Nevertheless, Joachim Löw and his players are optimistic. Only Toni Kroos finds words of warning.
DGermany started the European Championship with a defeat against France. The national team defended itself against the 0: 1 with a lot of passion and fighting spirit for a long time, but was ultimately inferior to the playful class of the French.
Mats Hummels’ unfortunate own goal in the 20th minute sealed the first opening defeat of a German national team at a European championship.
“It was a brutally intense game. We fought until the end. I can’t blame the team. What we might have missed was the penetration in the last third and in the penalty area, ”said Joachim Löw. The national coach was satisfied with the implementation of his tactics: “We knew that we had to get over the outside. Kimmich and Gosens did an incredible amount on the offensive. We knew that France countered extremely well and that they are incredibly fast up front. “
Germany had big problems when the French played their high-speed football and sent their fast-paced star striker Kylian Mbappé on the trip. With the exception of a good chance from Serge Gnabry, it was France that had the more dangerous chances.
“We weren’t the worse team”
“It was a big game against a strong German team. We are ready. With the second goal we would have been on the safe side, but we didn’t suffer that much in the second half, ”said France coach Didier Deschamps.
Joshua Kimmich saw it differently and thought both teams were on an equal footing: “We weren’t the worse team. We have the level to keep up with the top teams here. ”For this, the national team had to invest significantly more than France. With a lot of struggle, the team stayed in the game but failed to make the final dangerous pass.
“At the end of the day we have zero points here, so I’m a little pissed off. I think we implemented a lot of what we set out to do beforehand, ”said left-back Robin Gosens.
“If you lose the first game, the pressure is great”
After the opening defeat, Germany is already under pressure in the second group game on Saturday against Portugal, which started the European Championship with a 3-0 win against Hungary. Although the four best thirds in the group also make it into the knockout round, qualifying for the round of 16 is extremely at risk if they lose again.
“We have to work on a few things tomorrow, but then we’ll look ahead. We still have two games in the preliminary round, then we can straighten everything out, ”said Löw. After the game against Portugal, Hungary is waiting for the group final next Wednesday. “If you lose the first game and you only have three, the pressure is great,” said Toni Kroos.