Germany again made the quarterfinals of the World Cup, but it didn’t come easy. Their performance against Algeria came with a lot of criticism, and Germany now face a strong French side on July 4th at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
Coach Jogi Löw gave his take on the team’s struggles, Philipp Lahm’s potential role for the rest of the tournament and France.
On the Algeria game:
“It was a win of pure willpower. Most of all I’m happy to have gone through to the next round. In the first half we struggled and lost a lot of balls. In the second and extra-time we were the better team. We had a lot of chances and their goalkeeper was fantastic. He was rightfully named Man of the Match.”
On Germany’s underwhelming performance:
“I’m not satisfied with our finishing, with our efficiency. We know we can do better. But we can’t have a fantastic performance every time. This time we weren’t fantastic but we won. That’s also important if you want to go far. Other teams like Brazil also struggled and only advanced through penalties.”
On Philipp Lahm’s role:
“Our strength is also our flexibility. Against Algeria we were able to bring on fresh players who were able to help the team, like Schürrle and Khedira. Now we need to give the players a couple of days of rest and then we can think what to do. My personal decisions depend on how fit Schweinsteiger and Khedira will be, both still are not able to go 90 minutes.”
On Manuel Neuer’s great performance:
“His performance was outstanding. He reacted like a liberto and was able to anticipate and react to a lot of Algeria’s long balls. On the line he didn’t have too much to do but his great strength outside the box was on clear display today.”
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