Germany's Joachim Low upset after friendly defeat - 'We have a lot to work on'

Posted Sunday, June 03, 2018 by ESPN

Germany's Joachim Low upset after friendly defeat - 'We have a lot to work on'

Germany coach Joachim Low says he was upset with his side's sloppiness in Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Austria and admitted the team "have a lot to work" to do before the World Cup begins.

The defending champions have now gone five straight games without a win -- their longest such stretch since 1987-88 -- and lost to Austria for the first time since 1986.

"This defeat annoys me. We didn't execute many things we had planned," Low said. "We lost the ball too many times where we could have created a scoring opportunity. Today many things were bad. We won't fool ourselves. We have a lot to work on over the next two weeks."

Germany have another warm-up against Saudi Arabia before the World Cup, where they will open against Mexico on June 17 in Moscow.

Second-half goals from Martin Hinteregger and Alessandro Schopf overturned an early deficit, and Low lamented a number of missed chances.

"I said a few moments ago that I am upset," Low said. "I am not upset about the loss, not upset about losing the game, I am upset about the way we lost it.

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