Speaking at a press conference at Germany’s training base in Seefeld, national team head coach Joachim Löw commented his situation in midfield, implementing Thomas Müller and Mats Hummels, his farewell and future.
On the return of Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller:
They have been with us for a very long time and have helped shape the national team. They are not newcomers. I had the feeling that they felt comfortable. We had a few conversations beforehand and they know my expectations. They are people who set the tone at their clubs. We expect that from them here too. Yesterday was a reunion for everyone, that made me happy.
On a winning mentality:
We have a lot of different squads, lineups and formations over the past two years and that’s why it’s important that we build a mentality from the very first moment. We need players who are always ready, even if they don’t play. In 2014, we had players like Miroslav Klose, Mario Götze and André Schürrle who came in and made a difference. That’s a winning mentality. We have to use everyday to develop the right mentality.
On Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gündogan and Toni Kroos:
Leon is at home training individually and will arrive on Tuesday. He needs a few more sessions before he can start team training. We have to wait and see what is going on with Ilkay. Toni still tested positive [for Covid-19] and can only return if he is negative. Of course, I hope that everyone will be able to start training in time to face France.
On his farewell tournament:
I’m going into this tournament with the same focus, concentration and anticipation. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do differently. I’m looking forward to the tournament.
On links with Barcelona and Real Madrid:
I haven’t had any contact with anyone personally. It’s clear to me that I won’t take over a club in the summer.