‘Reaching the semi-finals is the minimum goal’: Joachim Low says Germany MUST get to the final four of next summer’s delayed Euro 2020 after underwhelming draw with Switzerland continued their poor form
- Joachim Low has demanded his Germany side reach the semi-finals at Euro 2020
- They have only won one of their five games since international action resumed
- Low’s side managed a point against Switzerland in Cologne on Tuesday night
- The Germans were knocked out in the group stage of the World Cup in 2018
But Low’s side have only won one of their five matches since international football resumed in September with a error-strewn 3-3 draw with Switzerland on Tuesday night the latest disappointing result.
Joachim Low has demanded his Germany side reach the semi-finals of the delayed Euro 2020
They have only won one of their five matches since international football resumed last month
But Low says his side’s recent dip in form has not changed his expectations for Euro 2020 and has demanded they reach the semi-finals at least.
‘It was a very high-intensity game,’ Low said in his post-match press conference.
‘Both sides took a lot of risks, but there were also several mistakes. We started the game poorly, but we showed real character to come back, which was good to see.
‘We made a number of mistakes in defence though. Our plan was to play with a certain element of risk, but we need to fix those errors.
‘We battled hard to get back into the game. You can learn a lot from setbacks. We need to improve our communication and instructions.
‘When we go to the EURO’s, our aim is to get as far as possible, but reaching the semi-finals is the minimum goal.
‘This team has a lot of potential. We need to correct a few things, but then I think there’s plenty to be excited about.’
Germany won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but were then beaten in the semi-finals of Euro 2016 by France. They also crashed out in the group stages of the 2018 World Cup in humiliating fashion.
Goals from Mario Gavranovic and Remo Freuler (right) had Switzerland in control in Cologne
Goals from Chelsea duo Timo Werner (L) and Kai Havertz (R) helped Germany claim a point
Low’s side had to come from behind twice on Tuesday night to earn a 3-3 draw with Switzerland in their Nations League group game.
The Swiss took an early lead through Mario Gavranovic and Remo Freuler added a second before goals from Chelsea pair Timo Werner and Kai Havertz levelled the scores.
Gavranovic then grabbed his second only for Bayern Munich star Serge Gnabry to earn Germany a point.
The result moves Germany within a point of League A Group Four leaders Spain, who remain on seven points after losing 1-0 away to a Ukraine side now on six points, while the Swiss, still without a win, stay bottom with two points.
Havertz hailed his team’s effort to salvage a draw but insisted they must tighten up at the back.
‘We have to defend better, defend more intelligently and smarter,’ he added.
‘But we kept coming back, we showed a strong mentality. We need more patience but today there were lots of good signs. We will keep working at it.’