As usual in friendlies, Joachim Löw rested several of his main stars, and with others unavailable, there were both positives and negatives to be found in Wednesday night’s defeat to Jurgen Klinsmann’s confident USA team who were fresh off the back of a victory against the Netherlands.
While a defeat is never desired, it is often more important to learn what does and doesn’t work and Jogi also chose to give star players such as Thomas Müller and Toni Kroos a longer summer break ahead of the European Championships next summer.
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However there are always chose who chose to read too much into a friendly defeat and perhaps they would do well to consider Joachim Löw’s record against Argentina since he became Bundestrainer.
He has faced the South American team five times with three defeats and two victories.
The defeats were all in friendly games.
The two victories? A World Cup quarter-final and, of course, a certain game in Rio de Janeiro last year!
Winning when it matters!