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The well-sealed by the honorary leader Lahm as Losfee hammer group with the mega-duels against world champion France and European champion Portugal, the national coach even decided to the great opportunity to an extraordinary tournament summer in Munich. Thoughts of a new early failure after the World Cup disaster in Russia in 2018 LOw did not allow.
"The anticipation is getting bigger, you have to say we could not expect the draw like that, you always think that you do not necessarily find two very strong teams in the group, I think the tension is increasing and the anticipation is rising and the Enthusiasm spills over a bit, "said an energetic LOw of the German Press Agency.
How difficult the tasks at the home matches in the Munich Allianz Arena will be on 16 and 20 June against world stars such as Kylian Mbappe and Cristiano Ronaldo, but Oliver Bierhoff clarified. The director made in the DFB travel group to LOw and the new Association boss Fritz Keller the most skeptical impression. Deferment or a cautious development, there is now no longer for the young Umbruch team to Serge Gnabry and Joshua Kimmich.
"We will put our heads in the players' heads in January, that championship and Champions League are important, but that you already have in mind that there is a big task to be done in summer. Bierhoff said. Of course, LOw also knows that his seventh big tournament as head coach will challenge him in an unprecedented way.
Still in Bucharest, he sat down after the draw with Keller and Bierhoff and analyzed before the journey home in the Black Forest in a first EM night meeting the new situation. LOw knows that competitive hardness becomes a factor. Test matches against Spain in March and Switzerland in the training camp at the end of May are firmly agreed. Another high-carat is wanted for the second part of March. The EM dress rehearsal will take place in June shortly before the move to the EM quarter.
"The stronger the opponents, the better for us, these are the games we need now, the team is still young, we pulled out of the match well in qualifying, but now the team needs opponents like Spain These are the challenges that our players have to get used to, "Loew said. "Everyone has to go to the limit, if he wants to have a chance," said the 59-year-old. More specifically, he will follow the healing process of defense chief Niklas Sule and turbo striker Leroy Sane after their cruciate ligament tears.
The hot duels of the last three big tournament winners of World Cup 2014 (Germany), European Championship 2016 (Portugal) and World Cup 2018 (France) sees LOw as an opportunity for a special tournament effect. The debate about a fan disinterest in the German team has gone by. This will also prove the run on the EM tickets when the next sales phase begins on 4 December. "People are looking forward to such a group," said LOw. This is also the view of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. "I wish you a summer fairytale," said the Bayern CEO.
Bierhoff pointed to a still unknown EM factor. "You must not forget the third opponent, this can also be Iceland. For our young troupe this will be a big challenge," said the European Championship champion of 1996. It could in the group final on 24 June against the playoff yet to be determined Winner after all, go after the World Cup finals 2018 another group co avert.
Portugal serves as a motivator. In 2016, Cristiano Ronaldo scored three draws in the preliminary round, continued as a group knight and later celebrated in Paris the European title. Kimmich wants to "spark euphoria", but wondered: "I find it strange that the World Champion of 2014, the European Champion of 2016 and the World Champion of 2018 are in a group." Toni Kroos responded with an ironic undertone. "Nice draw, by the way," tweeted the Real-Star. Captain Manuel Neuer said shortly: "These are dream opponents!"
The title hopes LOw has not given up in his fourth European Championship start. "The last tournament games are in London, that's our goal!" Bierhoff also expressed high expectations: "The demands on us are always great, even if you have such a group." If you play a tournament, you want to march to the end. "
LOw's extensive tournament experience also brings some encouragement: Portugal (4-0) and France (1-0) were defeated on the way to the 2014 World Cup triumph in Brazil. Against Portugal LOw won much to the frustration of Ronaldo also in the European Championship tournaments in 2008 and 2012. France, however, was at the last European Championship final place in the semi-finals (0: 2). Also in the Nations League the Equipe tricolore could not be defeated in the previous year (0: 0/1: 2). Lament or lamentation LOw wanted to avoid. The Russia World Cup ended in fiasco in 2018, although the group with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea appeared light. In 2012, on the other hand, they survived an EM hammer group with Portugal, Denmark and the Netherlands as the three-time winner.
Unintentionally in the focus was Lose-Zieher Lahm advised. Frotzeleien Keller, Bierhoff and LOw he tried to reply charmingly. "As ambassador of the city of Munich, I have to say that the draw is fine, with France and Portugal in a group, that's very interesting, there's something moving from the start – that's nice opponents in Munich, all fans in Germany can be happy. "
Arne Richter and Klaus Bergmann, dpa