Low optimistic on Germany future
Germany boss Joachim Low says a “sense of optimism” has returned to his squad as they prepare for Euro 2020.
Low’s team were dumped out of the World Cup in the group stage last year as defending champions, and the manager has since overhauled his squad.
Only 11 players from that 23-man party for the tournament in Russia have been included in Low’s squad for this month’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Netherlands and Northern Ireland.
“You can feel a real sense of optimism within the national team once again,” he told the DfB website. “I can feel the excitement and the positive mood overall. We are still at the beginning of our journey, but everyone is on board with our new path forward. The younger players especially are looking to take advantage of the spaces available, and we want to give them that.
“We’ve made several changes [from World Cup 2018] but are far from finished. We want to become more consistent and stable while finding the right balance between offense and defense. We also need to continue working on becoming more efficient.”