Tallinn (dpa) - Joachim Loew sees after the difficult victory in Estonia and the excitement of the main actor Ilkay Gündogan and Emre Can the EM participation of the German national football team no longer endangered.
«We want and will win the last two games. We will qualify for the European Championships, "said the coach. He takes despite a difficult international match week "good insights" with direction European Championship 2020. "Against Estonia, the team showed a good response in the second half," said the 59-year-old before the trip home on Monday.
The early dismissal for Emre Can had put the young and decimated by many failures national team in Tallinn before a difficult situation. In addition, Red-sinner Can and the two-time scorer Ilkay Gündogan caused a stir before the match at the A. Le Coq Arena. "It was harder than we had imagined. Of course, that has a lot to do with the fact that we lost one player early on the pitch, "said Löw. After the break, his team did well: "We played to zero, scored three goals. The three points are the most important thing. »
It would not be easy to be outnumbered after fifteen minutes. "Even against an opponent like Estonia it is difficult. I think the 1-0 was extremely important. With the 2: 0 was more peace in it. We deserved to win in the end, "said Gündogan, who scored the first two goals himself and prepared the third substitute for Leipzig's Timo Werner.
Loew sees in the approval for the Salut Torjubel Turkish national player on "no case a political statement" of his players Gundogan and Can. "Who knows both players, who knows that they are against terror, against war," said the coach: "Both wanted the player, with whom they once played together, just congratulate."
Löw had read about the Likes on Instagram for a photo showing Turkish footballers saluting the goalkeeper Cenk Tosun's 1-0 win against Albania. "I also learned that both of them immediately took away their likes. The best statement Ilkay has given on the court with his game. He has the team outnumbered excellently in midfield.
Also DFB director Oliver Bierhoff advertised for leniency with Gündogan and Can: "I do not see it according to the statements of the players so critical." Both had pursued with their Likes no political intentions. "Nobody could expect that it would take on such a dimension," said the 51-year-old. Many other players around the world would have liked the photo too, Bierhoff emphasized: "Now you can not accuse everyone of all that they are for war and terror." It's about time, Gundogan and Can "just a little confidence give and not make such stories ».
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