Joachim Löw has had a heck of a ride as manager of Germany.
The 2014 World Cup winner, however, knows that it is time to move and is at peace with his decision to step down from his post after the European Championships.
“Before a tournament, you always feel a positive tension, a tense anticipation. Today I really thought: Finally we can start, we can finally intervene. Inside I am very calm and serene. I think we’ve done what we set out to do in the past 14 days,” Löw said (as captured by the DFB website). “The last two years have not always been easy, we have discussed a lot and talked a lot in the last two weeks. Little by little things have grown together better, the processes have become better. It will be important that we are full of ambition and that we will be able to accept and win the duels and throw everything into the balance. I have the impression of the team. The team spirit is very good, everyone is very hungry for success at this European Championship. It makes me feel confident and also lets me sleep peacefully.”
Despite knowing this is “it” for him with Die Mannschaft, Löw is approaching the tournament in a calm manner.
“I don’t worry that these are my last games. I’m too focused and too busy for that, of course in a tunnel as well. Perhaps when the time comes, there may be a little sadness,” said Löw.
As for the huge challenge ahead of his squad in France, Löw is
“We have a lot of quality in our team and a very, very good mix. We have a lot of players who can decide games. The attacking lines are very, very dangerous on both sides. All players are able to score goals,” Löw said.