Germany manager admits his team were haphazard against Mexico

Germany beaten by Mexico in World Cup Group F opener and Joachim Low decided displeased after match

Germany manager admits his team were haphazard against Mexico

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June 18th, 2018

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On paper, it looked as though Group F was likely to be a favourable one for Germany, although an opening day defeat against Mexico means that Die Mannschaft have some pressure ahead of their next clash against Sweden.

Joachim Low saw his team deservedly beaten by El Tri, with Germany failing to fashion many chances despite a late onslaught which saw Mexico tire after previously counter-attacking to good effect.

“It’s very disappointing and very usual,” Low said. “In so many tournaments before we won the first game. But we have to deal with that. In the next match we have to be much better.”

Meanwhile, Mexico need four points from their remaining two matches to land top spot in Group F, with Juan Carlos Osorio revealing the victory is a result of a plan that was launched six months ago.

“We had plans six months ago to have two quick players on the wings,” he said.

“We chose Hirving [Lozano, the game’s only goalscorer], our quickest player, and Miguel Layún, an offensive midfield player.

“In the first half we managed today to hit them on the counter many times. We could have scored earlier. With all due respect we were superior to them. In the second half they attacked more and they made the substitutions they tend to make. We had prepared for the use of Mario Gomez in attack. We practised defending with four defenders and three players up front and that was how we almost scored a second goal. I’m very satisfied with what we did.

“For the players today the phrase was to play for the love of winning not the fear of losing. And that is exactly what they did. They played with real bravery.”

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