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Loew happy with 'important' France draw after disappointing World Cup

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Loew happy with 'important' France draw after disappointing World Cup

Loew happy with 'important' France draw after disappointing World Cup

Germany soccer coach Joachim Loew says that his team showed 'a different way of playing' after holding world champions France to a goalless draw in the Nations League

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Loew happy with 'important' France draw after disappointing World Cup

SHOWS: MUNICH, GERMANY (SEPTEMBER 6, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMANY MANAGER, JOACHIM LOEW, SAYING: "We were very conscious that this match was a particularly important one after a disappointing World Cup, and that the team had to show a different face, a different way of playing.

They did that today.

I think we were very well organised throughout the game, we never ran into counter-attacks from the French - that's their great strength and today we were able to prevent that.

Every single player went to the limit and took on tackles - these strengths were clear to see." STORY: Germany manager Joachim Loew breathed a sigh of relief after his side drew 0-0 with world champions France, their first appearance following a dismal World Cup.

Loew's side managed to win back some respect with their battling performance after a shock World Cup group-stage exit in Russia, their earliest in 80 years in the tournament.

Germany, four-time world champions and the previous World Cup winners in Brazil 2014, crashed out of the group stage after defeats to Mexico and South Korea.

Loew said he and his team were very conscious that they needed a positive result from the game to help ease pressure on the side.

The Nations League, brainchild of European soccer body UEFA, aims to boost interest in internationals, which are seen by clubs and fans as disruptive to the domestic football season.

To be held every two years, it features all 55 of Europe's national teams divided into four divisions split into four groups, with games to be played between September and November.




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