Joachim Löw and Germany confident of creating dynasty despite defensive issues

The Germany manager appears not to be feeling the pressure of his side’s uncharacteristic buildup to Euro 2016 as the world champions bid to become the third nation to complete the World Cup/European Championship double

Germany’s results have been mixed since their World Cup triumph in Brazil two years ago, the transition from a few key retirees has not been entirely smooth and there is currently a question mark over their defence. Indeed, there have been several other question marks, one of which has related to the team’s concentration levels – which is not supposed to be an issue with German teams. It has felt a little jarring.

But another trusted adage has shaped the countdown to their quest for a fourth European Championship and their mission to create a dynasty; only two nations have previously completed the World Cup/European Championship double – France in 1998 & 2000, and Spain in 2008, 2010 & 2012. It runs along the following lines. It is now tournament time and Germany not only know how to play them but they know how to win them.

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