DURBAN, South Africa -- "A great compliment to Spain and their manager, they have the best and most harmonious team," was the second thing
Before his inner eye, the game was beginning to play out again. Sadly, the outcome was still the same. "We defended quite well today but didn't have the right 'transitional speed' between defense and attack, we also lost the balls quite early," he said. Löw also conceded that Germany found it difficult to live with Spain's high pressing. "It's okay to boot it out sometime (when you have nowhere else to go). The bigger problem was us losing the ball again far too quickly."
A more detailed postmortem will show that "[
After a few minutes on the stage, Löw had found the main reason for the difference in class. "Spain are the best side in the world because they have played together with virtually the same lineup for two, three years", he noted. "We have played together for six, seven weeks." In other words,
"After the game is before the game" the great sage of German football
On the whole, though, Germany and Löw can be proud of what they have achieved and won't feel too depressed after losing against a side who played at the very cusp of perfection.