No need to panic says Loew after shock Mexico defeat
18 June, 2018, 19:21 | Author: Jared Lewis
Low's eleven were exposed by Mexico's counter-attacking, and had the Mexicans been more accurate in their final third, they would not have had to worry about Germany's attack after the 88th minute. Furthermore, it had taken him until the 60th minute to replace the huffing and puffing Khedira for Marco Reus and move Mesut Ozil into a deeper role, which finally brought a bit more composure and structure.
Germany needs points from matches against Sweden on Saturday and South Korea on June 27 to avoid elimination.
"It's pretty simple: we played like we did against Saudi Arabia, but this time it was against a better opponent", fumed the Bayern Munich player, who was booked for a foul in the dying stages.
He outpaced Jerome Boateng and with a less than flawless pass found Lozano, who controlled the ball, cut inside Mesut Ozil, held off a charging Toni Kroos and slotted past Manuel Neuer.
Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez wasted several breaks, but it was his pass that found Lozano open on the left for the Mexico goal. When the group F match began, Germany looked well in control.
Germany had won every one of their previous tournament openers at European Championships and World Cups since Joachim Low took over as coach in 2006. Juan Carlo Osorio's team shattered Germany with a succession of quick, counterattacking blows in the first half until their individual parts were scattered all over the grass like a broken pearl necklace.
"Our stability is not good, you have to say - often only Jerome [Boateng] and I were at the back, so they mercilessly attacked us".
German football writer Raphael Honigstein told 5 live that the problem was "a lack of pace in transition when Germany need to defend" but after the game Low was loathe to commit to a change in tactics.
Attention now turns to England as they prepare for their opening World Cup fixture against Tunisia on Monday. "We have to look forward".
It was a fearless performance from the El Tri which executed the game plan Osorio set out for them. "Just imagine, we beat the world champions!" Eighteen of its shots came in the second half, when it enjoyed a 2-to-1 advantage in time of possession.
For Loew, "we played badly", gave the Mexicans too much space, lost too many balls and rushed chances under pressure.
The problems began previous year when the US Treasury Department accused team captain Rafael Marquez of being a front man for a drug kingpin. "We played with bravery when it was needed and also defended with all of our hearts".
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Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto joined the party, saying on Twitter: "Confirmed: Mexico competes and wins against the best in the world, Congratulations to @miseleccionmx!"
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