Low: I made mistakes in Euro 2012 semi-final against Italy

Die Mannschaft boss has admitted that he employed the wrong tactical approach against the Azzurri at the European championship, and wished he had done things differently
Germany's Joachim Low has stated that he made mistakes in the 2-1 Euro 2012 semi-final loss against Italy, and said that he would have employed another game plan, had he known what he does now.

The coach also took some of the fault for the spectacular collapse of die Mannschaft in the 4-4 draw with Sweden, in which his men threw away a four-goal lead.

"With the knowledge I have today, I would probably approach the Italy game differently," Low told Suddeutsche Zeitung.

"I had a clear plan for that game and of course I have to now admit that the plan did not work."

"Against Sweden, I got Gotze and Podolski to drop deeper to try give us more security and that did not work. The year 2012 was constructive for all of us and I have certainly learned from it."

Low's contract with Germany expires in 2014, and the 52-year-old recently announced that he would be happy to extend his contract and stay for longer, amidst rumours that he could replace Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.