Joachim Low has set Germany a bold target for next summer’s European championship in reaching the semi-final stage at least.
The under-fire Low came under further scrutiny on Tuesday night as Germany drew 3-3 with Switzerland in Cologne for a Nations League match.
The four-time world champions did well to come back from behind twice to snatch a draw. And considering Spain’s 1-0 loss to Ukraine, the damage from the lost points was minimal. It left them still second in Group A4 and just a point behind the leaders.
But while Germany can breathe a sigh of relief on that front, they’re now winless in their last three home games and conceded three goals in their last two home fixtures.
Nonetheless, Low took heart from his side’s comeback and set them a target of reaching at least the semi-finals of the next summer’s European championship.
“It was a very high-intensity game,” said the German boss on the DFB website. “Both sides took a lot of risks, but there were also several mistakes.
“We started the game poorly, but we showed real character to come back, which was good to see. We made a number of mistakes in defense though. Our plan was to play with a certain element of risk, but we need to fix those errors.
“We battled hard to get back into the game. You can learn a lot from setbacks. We need to improve our communication and instructions.
“When we go to the Euros, our aim is to get as far as possible, but reaching the semi-finals is the minimum goal.
“This team has a lot of potential. We need to correct a few things, but then I think there’s plenty to be excited about.”
Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, and Serge Gnabry were all on target for Germany on Tuesday night.