GOODBYE: Joachim Low leaves Germany after England loss
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Joachim Low’s 15-year stint in charge of Germany came to an end following Tuesday night’s 2-0 Euro 2020 defeat to England, but the head coach leaves with positive feelings.
Low announced his decision to step down as Germany boss after this tournament earlier this year, but the 61-year-old would have been hoping it would have been at Wembley for the final rather than the last-16 tie.
Goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane in the final 15 minutes meant Die Mannschaft suffered a first defeat to the Three Lions in knockout since the 1966 World Cup.
It was a disappointing end of a spell in which Low enjoyed the highs of winning the 2014 World Cup.
Low is hurting after this defeat but reflected on a successful time in charge of Germany.
He said: “In these 15 years there were a lot of positive things, I participated at our home World Cup in 2006 (as assistant coach), we developed further, we won the title in 2014 as the highlight, then Confederations Cup in 2017 with a young team.
“There are very strong bonds that have been made, since 2018 we have had some problems – there were difficult spells.
“What remains is a lot of moments with a lot of people and the victories, some defeats as well, I have learned lessons.
“Disappointment is present, it will stay for a while, this is clear, you don’t forget about it immediately, you will need certain time but I am sure that there are a lot of positive things that I can take out of these 15 years.
“I want to thank the players who gave their best, the players who are not with us anymore.”
Low, who can now collect a pension in Germany, is undecided on what his future holds and says he needs time to decide.
“At the moment I have not taken any decision,” he said. “When I decided to stop after this tournament I had different thoughts but we will see in the next days and weeks.
“After 15 years at the helm it will do well to step back and there will be new energy in me and I will decide. I don’t really have a concrete plan.
“I need an emotional break so it is normal you need a little distance and not look for a new project. I will need this time but there will be new tasks that will be interesting for me.”
Things might have been different at Wembley had Timo Werner took a good opportunity to open the scoring or Thomas Muller not put the ball inexplicably wide when through on goal with the score at 1-0.
“It is clear that we are all very disappointed, me the team, the players, the staff.
“We really invested a lot and the team has worked very well, developed great spirit and we just didn’t make it to put it on the pitch and be effective.
“We didn’t take advantage of the two great opportunities we had and it was obvious that it was going to be all about patience.
“The English side scored on their first opportunity, we didn’t. It was difficult, we would have turned the match around after the chance of Muller, then they scored the second.
“The team threw in everything but we were not clinical enough.
“The team needs to mature to be more successful.”
Low the "biggest manager in Germany history" - Havertz
Kai Havertz hailed departing Germany coach Joachim Low as the “biggest manager” in the nation’s history and admitted the players were disappointed to see his reign end in Euro 2020 defeat to England.
“It is very hard for us,” the Chelsea forward said of Low’s departure.
“I think for Germany he is the biggest manager of all time, the whole country is proud of him, the players are proud of him.
“The career for him is unbelievable and we are disappointed not to give him the best end but of course he is a great manager and a great person to all of us.”
Germany had just three shots on target as they were eliminated by England, Havertz with one of them as he forced a fine save out of Jordan Pickford early in the second half.
A glaring miss by Thomas Muller shortly after Sterling had given England the lead summed up Germany’s evening – but Havertz refused to blame the Bayern Munich man for their exit.
“I think all of our offensive players had good chances,” he told beIN Sports.
“So it isn’t all about Thomas, it is about everybody, the whole team, I think we could have created more chances but we didn’t do that so it is very tough to take.
“England has a good squad, good players. We have them too so of course, we were very disappointed to lose the game. We have to keep on going, it is hard to take for us.”
Low will be replaced as Germany boss by Hansi Flick and Havertz clearly believes the new incumbent has plenty to live up to.
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