Joachim Low slams Germany’s failure to stick to his plan

Joachim Low was far from impressed with Germany’s failure to follow his tactical plan during their 4-2 home defeat to the Netherlands.

Despite taking a first-half lead through Serge Gnabry, Germany barely had any control over the game with just 39% of the ball possession in Hamburg.

While they did enjoy more time on the ball after the second half, it proved to be their undoing as the Netherlands capitalised on the break to score four goals.

Frenkie de Jong was first to break the hosts’ defence in the 59th-minute to equalise for Netherlands. Jonathan Tah then put the ball into his own net before Toni Kroos’ penalty drew Germany level.

Late goals from debutant Donyell Malen and Georginio Wijnaldum, however, sealed the visitors a shock 4-2 victory.

“I am disappointed. We played under our technical ability,” head coach Low told RTL after Germany’s Euro 2020 qualifying defeat.

“Even though we were in the lead at 1-0, we never had the feeling that we had the game under control. We lost too many balls.

“The plan was to get more control. In the first half, we ran after them too much.

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“But Netherlands became more powerful and we could not free ourselves. The Dutch could move up, we played high balls.

“That was not our understanding of the game, what we really want.”

“We did not play well in the first half and we had very little possession. It cannot be our game to have so little possession.”

Germany are now only three points ahead of Netherlands, who have a game in hand, in second-place in Group C.

Therefore, Die Mannschaft will be desperate to beat leaders Northern Ireland in Belfast on Monday to prevent their rivals gaining any more ground on them.

“That was a bad game, we have to learn from it and make things better again in Northern Ireland,” added Low.

“We really wanted to win the game today and we did that very badly today.”

Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman, meanwhile, paid tribute to his squad’s resilience in a hard-fought win over Germany.

HAMBURG, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 06: Jonathan Tah of Germany looks dejected after scoring an own goal.

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