Low not worried by USA defeat

The Germany coach lost to his former boss Jurgen Klinsmann on Sunday, but he took plenty of positives away from the friendly
Germany coach Joachim Low has insisted that his side's 4-3 defeat to USA on Sunday has not left him worried.

The Mannschaft were lacking Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund stars for their friendly against Jurgen Klinsmann's men as the nation's nine-game unbeaten run came to an end in a flurry of goals conceded.

Low, the former assistant to Klinsmann during his time in charge of the German side, backed his defenders and goalkeeper following the defeat and stressed that the friendly had been beneficial.

"I think it was worth it in all respects," he told reporters. "With main players absent... I think we had chosen the right squad for this trip. They were very motivated, very enthusiastic and if you ask each and every one of them they will confirm that they learned an awful lot.

"I'm not worried about the performance of the centre-backs. We only had two to three training sessions in that combination, whereas usually [Mats] Hummels and [Jerome] Boateng rule supreme in that line of four."

"As far as the goalkeeper [Marc-Andre ter Stegen] is concerned, it was extremely unfortunate that he made a mistake [scored an own goal]. He's usually a very safe and secure keeper.

"I think he had some very good saves in the second half, so it would have been far too harsh to substitute him for another keeper."

"Overall the situation is very good, promising and satisfying. This was a test match and, as the word says, test means trying out new stuff and checking out new players."

Germany's next match will be a friendly against Paraguay on August 14.