Joachim Low believes that in Wednesday’s friendly, Germany could have defeated the Czech Republic by a bigger margin than 1-0, but was pleased with the success of his new-look side.

Full-backs Ridle Baku and Philipp Max made their national team debuts, while midfielders Florian Neuhaus and Jonas Hofmann made their second appearances in the Leipzig clash, albeit after 20 minutes the latter was injured.

The goal of Luca Waldschmidt just 13 minutes into the match was enough to ensure 2020’s second victory for the hosts.

Although Low says his side performed well, he admits it is unlikely that the starting XI again will field the same.

“In this constellation, we’re probably never going to line up again The boys have to present themselves, though, so you can be happy,” he told RTL.

In the first half, we did well, but we could have made it 2-0 in the second half. In the second half, a few more errors occurred, even in the build-up. Overall, the 1-0 was defended. You could tell that we wanted to win, so we could be happy.

“We were unable to focus at times. We were stronger in the first period and had more shots in the variations up to the target. In the second half, that was the problem, because the opponent came into play a little better.

He went on: “I am very pleased that [Philipp Max] came in so well that Waldschmidt also scored.” Overall I think you will be pleased with the newcomers. With Ilkay Gundogan, we had more standard of play in the first half. Yet everyone was dedicated overall.

Max, who has been impressed with his debut at PSV since his summer transfer from Augsburg, was pleased.


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