Germany's coach Joachim Low is in the firing line after their 6-1 Nations League defeat to Spain. Picture: Ronny Hartmann/AFP
Germany's coach Joachim Low is in the firing line after their 6-1 Nations League defeat to Spain. Picture: Ronny Hartmann/AFP

'Black day': Germany completely forgot about their plan, says Joachim Low

By AFP Time of article published Nov 18, 2020

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SEVILLE - Joachim Löw admitted it was a "black day" for Germany after their 6-0 drubbing against Spain in the Nations League piled pressure on the team's coach.

Ferran Torres scored a hat-trick as Spain ran riot in Seville, leaving Low to pick through the wreckage of Germany's worst defeat for 89 years.

"This has been a black day for us," admitted Löw after Germany's heaviest defeat since losing 6-0 to Austria in Berlin in 1931.

"We completely lost track of our plan after we went 1-0 down, which was deadly and the Spanish took their chances.

"Nothing worked, neither in defence nor attack.

"We left huge spaces, there was a lack of communication between the players."

The thrashing was double that of Löw's previous worst defeat as Germany coach, when his side lost by 3-0 to both the Czech Republic in 2007 and to the Netherlands in 2018.

Coming two years after their 2018 World Cup debacle, when Germany failed to get out of their group, this is the biggest crisis of Löw's 14-year reign.

The 60-year-old, who led Germany to the 2014 World Cup title, insists he can still turn things around with seven months to go before the European Championships kick off in June.

Germany face France and Portugal, the reigning world and European champions, in their group.

"Of course," Löw insisted when asked if he wants to stay on, with two years left on his German FA contract.

"It's our duty to look at this and ask what we can do better.

"We were second best in every department, it was a black day - there is no way of dressing this up."

Löw has already been given the backing by Germany team director Oliver Bierhoff.

"The trust in Joachim Löw is still completely there, absolutely," insisted Bierhoff.

"We have to analyse this hard -- the Spanish goalkeeper hardly made a save the whole game.

"There was a lack of experience there, no question.

"We have to get rid of all the co-ordination problems in defence."

AFP

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