Germany coach Joachim Loew said Sunday at the end of the team’s nine-day training camp in Austria that his team still needs more work to improve some aspects of performance before the start of the European Football Championship 2020 later this month.
Germany will start its European Championship campaign against world champion France on June 15, and will play the last friendly match in preparation for the finals against Latvia on Monday.The European Championship will start next Friday.
“So far I can’t reach results from our training camp because our preparations are continuing, and after tomorrow’s match we will spend a week in Dusseldorf in preparation for the match against France,” Loew, who will give up coaching the national team after the tournament, said in a press conference.
Loew has led the coaching staff for the German national team since 2006, and will take over from former Bayern Munich coach Hans Flick after the tournament.
Also in the group stage, Germany will meet defending champions Portugal and Hungary in Group F, and they are keen to perform better than they did at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where they were eliminated in the first round and disappointing performances in the Nations League twice.
The German national team also suffered its worst defeat in a competitive match when it lost 0-6 to its Spanish counterpart last November.
“Of course we have taken a step forward, but we also need to improve,” Loew said. “Next week we will continue to work to achieve more stability and strength (in performance).
Loew confirmed that he would not consider facing Latvia as a last-ditch experience against France because many players did not have enough opportunity to prepare due to their participation in the Champions League final.
And the coach added: “I plan to make some changes because the players of the two English teams (Manchester City and Chelsea who participated in the Champions League final) should not be tired.”
Timo Werner, Kai Haverts, Antonio Rudiger and Ilkay Gundogan joined the national team just days ago.
“We have to adjust some aspects, but we don’t want to risk injury to those players who have had a short rest after playing a lot of games this season,” Loew said.