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Low: We could have defended better against Latvia

Tue 08 June 2021 | 8:53

The Mannschaft crushed Latvia in a warm-up friendly ahead of the Euros.

Germany

won their friendly match against Latvia with a 7-1 result on Monday.

Joachim Low

’s side scored five goals in the first half as they displayed dominance early on.

Timo Werner

and

Leroy Sane

added their names to the scorebored in the second half as the Mannschaft continued to attack. However, Germany conceded a goal in the 75th minute that prevented

Manuel Neuer

from keeping a clean sheet in his 100th match for the national team. In a post-match interview,

Joachim Low

spoke about his side’s performance.

"There were many things that we did well, and we had a lot of chances.”

Low told a press conference.

“We had discussed several things that we still needed to improve on. During the first half, we had a lot of pace in attack, made good runs and pressed hard. Our tempo dropped off a bit in the second half. We still need to increase our intensity so that it extends over the full 90 minutes,"

He added:

"Our finishing was more clinical tonight. That's been a topic that's come up often over the last months, and was an area where we made things hard for ourselves. Being more clinical, both on offence and defence is what we need. We wanted to find ways to break through their defence, against an opponent that was playing quite deep. Today, we did better at this than we have in some other games, which is what you need in order to find a way through.

"We could have defended better on the throw-in that led to their goal. Those are the kinds of situations where we lose focus for a moment and that's exactly what our opponents at the EUROs will seek to take advantage of. We need to be focused over the full 90 minutes. I don't want to see us concede off a throw-in. Today, it was important for us to gain match practice. I don't know yet if we will go with the same team against France. Several of the players will definitely be included, that's for sure."

Germany will kick off their Euro 2020 campaign with a match against

France

next week. Low’s side will continue the group stage with two matches against

Portugal

and

Hungary

on June 19 and 23.


source: SportMob

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