Kaiserau (dpa) – For the last international match of the disappointing year of the World Cup, the German soccer team moves to Kaiserau on Sunday.
At 11:30 a departure from the special aircraft from Leipzig to the west is planned. National coach Joachim Löw is preparing for the final match of the League of Nations on Monday (20.45) against Holland at the sports school near Dortmund.
Despite the already relegated A-League relegation of the new UEFA competition, Sporting Leadership demands a continuation of the upward trend that had last seen 3-0 against Russia. "Nothing has changed since the match approached on Monday. This is just another prestigious duel. Secondly, we still want to move forward with our development, "said team manager Oliver Bierhoff.
The disappointment of the second athletic failure in a competition after the historic World Cup preliminaries in the summer in Russia is palpable. "We have to work a lot again, it just has to be seen that way.This may be even more noticeable when it is associated with such a descent than just passing through.This may be the positive aspect that we now realize that we start from scratch," said Bierhoff .
Löw can again use Toni Kroos against the Dutch, who can still reach the final tournament of the League of Nations with a win over Schalke, whom he still paused against Russia. Marco Reus was back on training camp after an ankle injury. If he can play, Löw wants to decide on Sunday. Julian Draxler, however, is missing after a family mourning against the Netherlands.
With four wins to date, two draws and six losses, 2018 is the worst year in the Löw era, over 12 years old, as the DFB's head coach. Only five wins in a year were in Löw once, 2015. At that time, completed the national team without summer tournament, but also only nine and not 13 games in total. Six defeats in a year are a negative record in the 111-year history of the DFB.