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Klopp Quotes: Germany's back 3 system

Klopp very recently commented on Germany manager Joachim Löw's tactics.

The football club season ended three weeks ago, and the international break followed. 

The much awaited, and delayed, EURO 2020 kicked off after a series of friendlies, on 11th June, 2022, with an opening match of Italy and Turkey. The Azzuri beat the Turks three goals to none.

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Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has been enjoying his summer break, no doubt, but he has also been following his motherland, Germany, in the tournament, and has expressed his thoughts on the way the Germans have conducted themselves in the competition.

Joachim Löw's side have been under heavy scrutiny ever since that memorable and embarrassing, for Germany, group stage exist in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. 

His side hit rock bottom in the dying months of last year, when a young and resilient Spain side hammered Die Mannschaft 6-0 in the Nations League. 

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The result was Germany's worst defeat since 1931 and it catapulted Luis Enrique's men to the Final 4 of the Nation's League.

In their first EURO 2020 match, the Germans fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the reigning world champions, France. 

Although the former played quite well, their lack of composure in front of goal cost them.

However, in their second group stage match, they decimated the reigning EURO champions, Portugal. 

In a dominating game, two own goals from Portuguese defenders Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerrero, along with two more from Robin Gosens and Kai Havertz saw the Germans run out as 4-2 winners. 

Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool's Diogo Jota scored the two consolation goals.

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Before the Portugal game, Klopp had spoken to Magenta TV, criticizing Löw for remaining stubborn with his back three system.

"It's a bit uncomfortable to judge because every coach has the right to make their own decisions.", Klopp had stated.

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"But I would play a back four with this team. I don't like the system (back 3) very much."

It is no secret that Klopp does not trust a team formation which has a back three with the German almost never attempting it with his own Liverpool team. 

Klopp further continued, "I could imagine a midfield with Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Gündogan and Toni Kroos extremely well. Everyone would be in the position in which they feel comfortable"

It must be taken into consideration that he teams of the three players mentioned, Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Real Madrid all play predominantly with a back four. 

Klopp singled out that the trio will naturally be more comfortably in a back four after playing in that system the entire club season, so he might have a point.

He concluded by wishing Löw and his side good luck, "Regardless of all tactical aspects, I wish Jogi Löw the title. That would be the greatest culmination of his great time as national team coach and I would be very happy".

However, the Germany defenders are not particularly pacey, so Löw tactics might be understandable. 

His defenders, though, still don't look quite at home, with Germany still suffering from defensive problems. 

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Only Gosens is thriving in a back three, perhaps because the Atalanta man plays in a team who often use this defensive formation. 

Klopp, who himself was linked to the Germany job months ago, along with Hansi Flick, is well known for his distaste of a back three system, him preferring to stick to his favoured back four which has brought him success at both Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool.