The end began with a relaxed conversation. At the beginning of the first part of his farewell mission, Joachim Löw talks with Philippe Max in the parked DFB van, then waved a favorable wave to the group of reporters waiting.
The outgoing national coach wants to shift his slack to the German national team’s meeting point in Düsseldorf for his players before the World Cup qualification begins – the heavy burden of a 6–0 defeat in Spain should finally be shaken for 80 days. Before EM. “I have watched him with great enthusiasm over the last few days and weeks,” DFB director Oliver Birhoff said of Löw, whose era would end in summer after 15 years.
But there is still no room for sadness. Birhoff reassured Birhoff, who looked even more independent in his decisions, “is important to him in the here and now. He is not thinking about the time after the European Championship.” “He doesn’t have to think about it: what results his decisions for the post-tournament time? He can make decisions independently and make the most of the moment.” Birhoff expected the players to be optimal in the games to be held in Romania on Thursday (28 March) and in Iceland against North Macedonia (all 8.45 pm / rtl). After Seville’s shame, they should “set an example”. On their way to the Winter World Cup in 2022, they want to “move forward with good results”, while also gaining “confidence for the European Championship”.
Löw nominated his EM squad in May
Lowe also has to manage an unusual balancing act between competitions. Positive results in eligibility will also help his successor. In addition, this is the final chance for Löw to get a first-and-a-half week of his players’ performance levels before the provisional EM squad nomination in May.
“We want to see in training units and games which players impose themselves and who really want to be there,” said Löw, who recently did without the weak Julian Brandt and Julian Drexler. The ailing Marco Reus is also missing, with world champion trio Thomas Muller, Matt’s Hummels and Jerome Boteng, retired two years ago, being an issue for EM only. To date, Löw continued his Art Nouveau style and nominees Jamal Musiala (18) and Florian Wirtz (17) for the first time. With “high technical quality” they are “exceptional talents”, said Birhoff, who continues to play for a while for Lowe in his quest for an heir, but at least found out: “I’m not really in a hurry Because we have a good solution internally in DFB. This solution could be U21 coach Stephen Kuntaj and / or Löw’s assistant Marcus Sorg.
Löw is still on the wheel. On Monday in cloudy weather, he was still concerned about Joshua Kimich (cold) and Robin Gosens (muscle problems). The national coach has nominated a total of 26 players, including four goalkeepers. One of these is Bern Leno, who, like other England veterans, remains in “work quarantine” even after the United Kingdom’s classification was removed as a virus version area. Birhoff said, “We can treat him like any other player. But we don’t want to take any risk. We will make strict rules on our behalf.”
Ilkay Gundogan, Timo Werner, Kai Havert, Antonio Rudiger, and Leno must reinvent themselves within the already existing “bubble”. Liaise with fellow players is to be done only during training, meetings and games. Food is taken separately. “The situation is difficult, but we are not complaining,” emphasized Barehoff. Löw looks at the case with a lot of sloppiness anyway.