WORLD CUP 2018

Germany need "big changes", says Joachim Löw

Germany need 'big changes', says Low

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With his future uncertain after Germany's unexpected exit from 2018 World Cup Russia, coach Joachim Low insists that major changes were needed.

Joachim Löw believes there must be "big changes" in Germany after the nation's shock group-stage exit at the World Cup. The defending champions stunningly finished bottom of Group F after suffering a 2-0 loss to South Korea on Wednesday. Head coach Löw, whose future remains unclear despite signing a new deal until 2022 before the World Cup, said action was needed after Germany's first opening-round exit at the tournament since 1938.

We've been through this before - Löw

"We've had this situation – when the team was knocked out of the European Championship in 2004 after the group stage," he said. "After that, there were a lot of changes. Over 14 years we got better and better, we were the most consistent team in the world for the last 10 years and we were world champions. But now, with the exit and huge disappointment, we must reflect what the consequences will be and the right steps. We need changes, big changes. And about that, we must talk."

Reasons behind Germany's failure not clear

Germany never hit top form in Russia and Löw, who has been in charge since 2006, said time was needed to pinpoint what went wrong. "It's too early to say. Of course, we talked about it. But there isn't a single reason or a single thing for why we failed," he said. "There are more reasons, and it's my responsibility to analyse that. It was also my responsibility to get the team on a high level of football in these four weeks and that didn't work as well. Now we need a bit of time and a few conversations and then we will give answers."

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