Loew back in competition mode, talking about European title


By Oliver Trust

BERLIN, March 24 (Xinhua) — Joachim Loew is desperate to achieve the top at this summer’s European Championships.

Ahead of three 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Iceland, Romania, and Northern Macedonia, the 61-year-old back returned to competition mode.

“We won’t make any compromises from now on, and we won’t care about clubs and players’ interests. From now on, it’s all about getting in shape for the Euro,” the German coach said in advance of the first qualifying encounter against Iceland this Thursday.

Loew spoke about “the upmost” as his goal when referring to the Euro tournament.

The three tasks ahead are not only opportunities to collect points regarding the World Cup, “but the chance to get things together for the Euro.”

Five months after the devastating 6-0 defeat against Spain in the Nations League, Loew spoke increasing effort to improve the on-pitch communication.

The German coach said he expects certain players to adopt leader-issues and lead the team in all stages of a game by delivering detailed orders.

Loew said the team is working on its defense patterns and develop automatism. “I do expect a reaction of the team after we intensively talked about our failure against Spain,” he said.

Loew admitted to being full of determination and energy to get the job to a good end after 15 years in charge.

The German coach said the loss of Real midfielder is a “significant loss,” but “we are well equipped in midfield.” He mentioned City star Ilkay Guendogan and Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka.

Loew praised Guendogan’s scoring qualities, “which is a fairly new thing he came up with aside of his strategic qualities and his variability on several positions in midfield.”

The German manager promised fans; the team is determined to deliver some entertainment.

“We need to set a sign in these games. It’s not just about performing well,” he said, adding he regards the three games ahead as “our first preparation stage for this summer’s tournament.”

Only days ago, the 2014 World Cup-winning coach announced his departure from the German bench. Despite his positive mood, Loew denied feeling any relief.

“I like this job. I like knock-out games in tournaments. That’s the icing on the cake.”

Loew said the race is on for players to convince him over the upcoming months to select them. He increased competition by appointing Youngsters such as Jamal Musiala (Bayern) and Florian Wirtz (Leverkusen).

Loew rejected to talk about rumors speaking of him taking over a club team right after this season. “That’s something unimaginable,” he said. “What’s next is not in my mind, and I don’t want to be bothered with anything like that,” he said.

Loew added he is going to take a break before possibly joining a club.

Rumors spoke about an offer of the Turkish side of Fenerbahce or a possible target in Spain after Loew revealed to take Spanish lessons after the Euro.

Next to the loss of Kroos, Loew has to manage the next games without the injured Niklas Suele (Bayern) and Robin Gosens (Atalanta).

German captain Manuel Neuer spoke about the team’s primary target to achieve an excellent farewell for Loew “as he is deserving nothing less than this.”

The Bayern keeper spoke about winning the title as a last present. Enditem


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