World Champions Germany have won the Confederations Cup for the first time after beating Chile 1-0. “They will remember this day for the rest of their lives,” said Germany manager Joachim Löw. We go some post-match comments from Löw and several players.
I’m immensely happy. This is a great feeling. I’m unbelievably proud of the team. We’ve had several disappointments and difficulties this season but we’ve now produced three and a half weeks of fantastic performances. We fought for every metre today and covered more ground than in our last few games. We were certainly a bit nervous at the start, but that’s to be expected with a young team. In the second half, the game was quite physical and hectic. Chile didn’t give us any time or space and they kept pressing but we were fully engaged and switched on. There was something magical about this final as for many of the players, it was their first. They will remember this day for the rest of their lives.
Every player who was here is now in a better position than before the Confed Cup. We achieved our aim – not only winning the title – but helping each player develop. Defending our World Cup title will be much more difficult but we have real strength in depth in Germany.