Germany under Euro 2020 pressure in Belfast after Dutch debacle
HAMBURG, SEPT 8: Joachim Loew has demanded a reaction from his young Germany team against Group C leaders Northern Ireland on Monday after their recent resurgence was cut short by their Euro 2020 qualifying 4-2 defeat to the Netherlands.
Having come into the international break on a wave of optimism, Loew's side now travel to Belfast on Monday needing a win to keep their qualification campaign on course against a Northern Irish side yet to drop a point in four qualifying matches.
"We need to win, we need to approach the game in such a way that we leave the pitch as winners," said Loew on Friday.
Germany had just begun to find their feet after a long period of recovery from their disastrous campaign at last year's World Cup.
The group stage exit in Russia prompted a major generational overhaul, and after three wins in a row in 2019, Loew's new-look young team were full of confidence ahead of Friday's game.
Victory over the Dutch would have put second-placed Germany nine points clear of their rivals and left Germany on the brink of automatic qualification. Instead, they now find themselves only three points above the play-off place, having played a game more than the Netherlands.
"We will need to pick the young players up a bit and give them the feeling that they can be stronger. I am sure we will see a reaction on Monday," said Loew. -AFP