Joachim Low has rubbished rumors that he is deeply concerned about the form Germany has shown at Euro 2020 thus far. The Germans will take on England in the Round of 16 at Wembley. Having just won one of their three group games, they were six minutes away from crashing out of the tournament. Only a late strike from Leon Goretzka kept them in it. Euro 2020 will be Low’s final major tournament in charge of the national team. He revealed that they would have to play much better to stand any chance against a strong English side.
“I’m not worried, it’s a totally different match,” he said. “Hungary parked the bus, with everyone behind the ball, entered every duel, against England it will be a totally different match. They are playing at home, they want to attack, it’s going to be an open match, more open than it was tonight. As a team we need to improve on things, we are aware of that, and need to take care and be careful, especially at set-pieces.”
“We cannot repeat the same mistakes again. We need to do things better here, but ahead of the match against England, we’re looking forward to it.” Germany coach Joachim Low added. “It’s great news to play in London at Wembley against England. The group stage is over and now we have to focus. It’s in or out now. Our performance so far hasn’t been too good, but if we show what we can, as we did against Portugal for long spells, we can be a strong opponent, and if we don’t do that we can get into difficulties.”
Low was highly critical of his side’s showing against Hungary. He was especially critical of their ball retention skills as they were guilty of handing over possession numerous times.