Germany will qualify – Joachim Loew remains confident despite Mexico setback

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Germany boss Joachim Loew is refusing to panic despite their defeat to Mexico on Sunday and remains convinced the defending champions will qualify for the knockout stages.

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Hirving Lozano scored the only goal in Moscow to stun a strangely subdued Germany and consign them to their first opening-match defeat at a World Cup since 1982.

Loew was at a loss to explain his side’s lacklustre display but backed them to put it right in their remaining Group F fixtures against Sweden and South Korea.

He said: “We didn’t play well, we weren’t able to show our way of playing the way we normally do.

“It happens, there are situations like this in tournaments and you have to accept it.

“But we can’t break everything apart and do something different. We have a clear structure, there is no panic simply because we lost a match.

“We have two games left and ample opportunity to correct this result.”

Recent history has not been kind to World Cup winners with three of the last four triumphant sides failing to make it pastthe group stageat the subsequent tournament.

When this was pointed out to Loew, he said: “I have no idea why that’s the case but we will not suffer that fate, we will qualify for the next round.

“It is disappointing to have lost the first match, it’s a situation we are not used to at all. In the many tournaments before we always won the first match but we have to accept this situation.

“There will always be obstacles to overcome and in the next match we have to be much better.

 

“Everyone is very unhappy but tomorrow we have to look forward. Our team has experience of dealing with losses, the next match will be decisive [against Sweden in Sochi]. We have to win it.”

Loew refuted suggestions he should have stuck by the younger crop of players he brought to Russia 12 months ago to winthe Confederations Cup in impressive fashion, including a 4-1 thrashing of Mexico in the semi-finals.

“I think we have a relatively young team here, the average age is not too high, we are well balanced,” he said.

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