Related

Article

Loew accepts blame for Germany struggles

22 December 2012 19:51

Germany coach Joachim Loew admits he made mistakes in the 2-1 loss to Italy in the Euro 2012 semi-finals.

A brace from Mario Balotelli was enough for Italy despite Mesut Oezil pulling a goal back for Germany from the penalty spot late on in Warsaw.

Loew also took some blame for the spectacular collapse of Germany in the 4-4 draw against Sweden in a UEFA World Cup qualifier, in which his men threw away a four-goal lead.

"With the knowledge I have today, I would probably approach the Italy game differently," Loew told Suddeutsche Zeitung.

"I had a clear plan for that game and of course I have to now admit that the plan did not work.

"Against Sweden, I got (Mario) Goetze and (Lukas) Podolski to drop deeper to try give us more security and that did not work.

"The year 2012 was constructive for all of us and I have certainly learned from it."

Loew's contract with Germany expires in 2014, and the 52-year-old recently said he would be happy to extend his deal, amid rumours he could replace Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.

Sponsored links

Monday 24 April

19:06
18:08
17:36
17:19
17:17
15:52
15:44
15:13
14:47
14:16
13:20
13:16
13:06
11:55
11:33
10:58
10:31
10:05
09:41
09:20
04:47
04:05
03:07
02:52
01:35
01:25
01:15
00:50
00:45
00:29
00:16
00:13
00:10

Sunday 23 April

23:59
23:56
23:41
23:00
22:40
22:39
22:19
21:52
21:29
21:19
21:04
20:50
20:00
19:56
19:49
19:48
19:35
19:35
19:28
19:00
18:42
18:35
17:59
17:53
17:22
17:14
17:13
17:02
16:10
15:31
15:04
14:46
14:34
13:59
13:40
13:31
12:41
11:31
10:50
10:19
09:59
09:45
09:34
09:00
06:06
04:31
03:24
02:25
01:00
00:48
00:46
00:33
00:25

Saturday 22 April

23:53
23:01
23:00
22:47
22:36
21:39
21:31
21:24
21:05
20:55
20:49
20:45
20:35
20:17
20:06
19:59
19:46
19:31
19:22
19:12
19:07
18:58
18:02
17:55
17:52
17:50
17:32
17:22
17:17
16:54
16:06
15:12
14:49
14:40
14:27
14:09
14:00
13:43
13:32
13:16
13:06
12:50
12:35
11:54
11:15
10:05
10:00
09:01
09:00
04:44
04:23
03:32
02:52
01:05
00:52

Facebook