Germany coach Joachim Loew says we have very good team despite defender Antonio Ruediger dropping out with injury
Germany calls up Tah for injured Ruediger
SHOWS: EVIAN, FRANCE (JUNE 8, 2016) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)
1. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMANY COACH, JOACHIM LOEW, SAYING:
“I wanted a one-on-one replacement for (Antonio) Ruediger, someone who can play a centre-back role.”
2. WIDE VIEW OF NEWS CONFERENCE
3. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMANY COACH, JOACHIM LOEW, SAYING:
“Yesterday was obviously overshadowed by the serious injury of Toni Ruediger. This morning at the hospital it was confirmed what our medical department had strongly suspected, that he tore cruciate ligaments. If such a serious injury happens on the first day it’s of course most unfortunate. I am especially very sorry for Toni.”
4. WIDE VIEW OF NEWS CONFERENCE
5. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMANY COACH, JOACHIM LOEW, SAYING:
“Obviously I would have liked to have the squad I had imagined a few months ago. But that is not the case. But we won’t be complaining. We will try and make the best out of the possibilities we have. We have now found a solution for a replacement for Ruediger. We have a very good team, we have a lot of great players. I have full trust in the players who are here.”
STORY: Defender Jonathan Tah was called up for Germany in place of injured Antonio Ruediger on Wednesday (June 8), two days before the start of Euro 2016, with coach Joachim Loew keeping his sights on the title despite the mounting injury woes.
Loew has turned to the 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen player after he enjoyed a good Bundesliga season, hoping he can provide solutions to his injury-ridden backline that also includes centre-backs Mats Hummels and Holger Badstuber, as the world champions eye their first continental crown in 20 years.
“I wanted a one-on-one replacement for Ruediger, someone who can play a centre-back role,” Loew said, praising Tah’s individual fitness regime of the past three weeks despite not being called up in the preliminary squad last month.
Tah, who has won one senior cap, replaces Ruediger who was injured in their first training session in France on Tuesday (June 7), only hours after the team’s arrival.
“Obviously I would have liked to have the squad I had imagined a few months ago. But that is not the case,” Loew told reporters in his first news conference at their tournament base.
Loew’s men, who are chasing their fourth European Championship trophy but their first since 1996, play Ukraine, Northern Ireland and Poland in the group stage of the competition that starts on Friday.