Football: Löw's subtle counterpressing

In the Nations League match between the Netherlands and Germany is also about the future of coach Joachim Loew.
 The 58-year-old is cool and says: "I feel in the Nations League no more pressure than at a World Cup."
 Here are the results in the Nations League.

       By Jonas Beckenkamp, ​​Amsterdam



    The path to Joachim Löw leads past a "Kouwgomballenfabriek" outside in the southeast of Amsterdam. It draws a little like – well, chewing gum – before suddenly the Johan Cruyff Arena floats like a UFO. The stadium in which the German national team hopes for some new impulses this Saturday evening (in the SZ-Liveticker). Löw could use a guy like Cruyff right now in his team, for whom it is already going to a lot against Holland in the second group match of the Nations League. It's also about Löw's future, for example.


    The problem is: King Johan is unfortunately just as little available as a number of casualties, whose failures gave the coach a "hectic" week, as he explained easily gezetrotzt. Leon Goretzka, Marco Reus and Antonio Rüdiger are not known to have traveled to the mouth of the IJssel, but "we have never lamented in such situations," said Loew. Lament, polemize, criticize, do after the colossal WM-K.o. others, when it comes to the national team, for example Michael Ballack.





    The ex-Capitano was the loudest voice among those Old Forders during the week, for whom Löw is no longer necessarily the ideal solution as a national coach. So far, it has come: The DFB-Elf must also play a little in Holland for their former world champion coach. And so the round of talks developed before the duel in Amsterdam to the subtle Gegenpressing Löws. "Anyone can say what he wants, but this week I'm not busy with it, and certainly not next week." In sum, that means something like: Loew whistles studiously on Ballack's objections from the off – a certain annoyance was nevertheless to be noted, at least the headlines of the last days were familiar to him.


    The fact that the national coach has received so much criticism from a former companion now appears for the second time. Earlier, Philipp Lahm had already questioned his leadership style and thus anticipated what is now being discussed quite intimately in the so-called football public. Is Löwsche's defiance, the "further-with-some-adjustments", the right sound for this wavering elf? Or is the plate now licking? In the case of further failures in the games against Holland and on Tuesday against France, this debate could even so much aggravate that it has eventually outgrew for Löw.

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"I feel in the Nations League no more pressure than a World Cup," said the coach now in an effort to bring coolness from the world championship years. Loew believes in his elf, even if he has to tinker once again. The ochsenabwehr from the France game in Munich will not exist because of some missing (Rüdiger) and formschwacher (Boateng, Süle, Hummels) oxen in their primal form, but Matthias Ginter should play right again and Jonas Hector left – two bigheads, so to speak. Also Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Müller got from the boss in person a commitment guarantee.


    Anyway, the Bayern pros: If you did not know better, you could have thought because of the current hangover in Munich so that they had to call a self-help group for battered Mia-san-Mia-Egos at the DFB. That this is not the case confirmed both Löw and Thomas Müller. "The Bayern players have made a good impression the week, they were not down," the coach has observed. "Jerome, Mats, Manuel or Thomas have been around for so long, they've been through a lot, and those players get frustrated when they're not running, but they can quickly flip the switch."


    For the Bayern professionals the internationals are a kind of stress cure


    Müller conceded that one is already thinking after the crash on Table Six (and a now many months long Torflaute the DFB): "The topic of Bavaria accompanies a course, we also have table calls here with the boys from other clubs" he said, "you talk about it, but it does not accompany you when you're in the square." So they see in the national team, the upcoming internationals as a stress cure from the strains in Munich, where recently even the 29-year-old Müller and Hummels more like 35-year-olds worked.


    Only one thing Loew wanted to get rid of then. Asked about any parallels in the stagnation of the national teams from Germany and the Netherlands, he said: "I do not see any similarities: We have so far qualified for every tournament." The Dutch did not, they looked last at World Cup and European Championship. Also for the "Elftal" applies this evening so: way with the tough chewing gum of the past.

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