Double turning point Amsterdam: “That’s good for the soul”
Place and time couldn’t have been better for the first clear signal from Joachim Löw’s renewed selection. A 3-0 win in Amsterdam in October had forced the national coach to change his thinking, and it was at the same place that Germany won the qualification for the European Championships on Sunday with a 3-2 win – and won far more than three points.
“We have seen the mentality in our team”, Joshua Kimmich emphasizes the aspect that Germany has come back after the 2:2 – albeit through a lucky punch. “Recently we’ve often gambled away good results and I don’t think we would’ve won that game a few months ago.”
Löw’s sixth is certain: “This experience is extremely important for our mood and self-confidence”. Because the three points in the Netherlands also mean a victory against the doubts. “That,” says Leroy Sané, one of the main actors on Sunday evening, “was a real new beginning.
A new start that is supposed to have a long-term effect after the many lows in the 2018 international match year and Löw’s start in the rejuvenation process. “In our current situation,” Leon Goretzka is sure, “something like that welds together, something like that helps with development.”
National Team Manager Oliver Bierhoff agrees with him: “Over the past nine months, the team has suffered a lot of criticism and negative discussions. Such a young team needs a successful community experience.”
Bierhoff more than merely indicates that this also applies to the national coach: “It’s good for the soul and morale, even if his substitutions work out so well. Nico Schulz’s victory gate was the result of a co-production between Löws Jokern Ilkay Gündogan and Marco Reus and the manager knows: “It gives a little inner peace. But I’ve experienced Jogi in the past few days in such a way that he won’t let himself be influenced by the discussions.”
The protagonists agree that the confirmation must now take place. “It’s only the first step,” warns Manuel Neuer, “we always want to show such a face. Accordingly, we must continue to work on ourselves so that it was not a flash in the pan. Amsterdam should only have been the beginning.