Low confidence reduces Low’s confidence

Steven Chicken

Germany manager Joachim Low admits confidence is a problem after six defeats in 10 matches.

The most recent poor showing came on Saturday night, when the Netherlands humbled Germany 3-0 in a Nations League game in Amsterdam.

Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum scored either side of Lyon’s Memphis Depay to continue a miserable run that includes a World Cup group stage elimination.

“It’s not only about converting the chances. We played OK until we conceded and did not use our chances,” Low said.

“After conceding, you could see that recent results have led to a lack of confidence.

“Why are we not scoring? That’s difficult to answer, we have clear chances.

“Had we lost 1-0, it would have been acceptable but breaking apart like this in the last 10 minutes is not good.”

Lack of confidence is not an issue for Holland, according to boss Ronald Koeman

“This gives us a lot of confidence for the future. We can be really proud, there has been incredible fight and we have shown that we can play great football,” he told Dutch broadcaster NOS.

“I really see a great future for Dutch football. Everyone needed this, not only the national coach and the players, but the whole of Holland.”