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Low hits back at Germany critics

Germany coach Joachim Low has hit back at his critics post-Euro 2012 during a press conference on Monday ahead of Germany's friendly against Argentina.

In a long speech, he told the press that he'd take the sporting part "with sanity and humility" but some criticism was "just tiring" and "not constructive at all," after Germany's semi-final defeat against Italy saw the German press attack the Nationalmannschaft.

With some critics suggesting that if a player doesn't want to sing the German national anthem he "should stay at his club, " Low hit back. "The reproach towards the players not singing the anthem not being good Germans is fatal, I believe," he said. "Even if they do not sing the anthem, they identify with the team and Germany. It is not like you play better when you sing the anthem".

Talking about German tactics against Italy, Low, who is under contract until 2014, took the blame: "I had a laid out strategic plan of which I was 100% confident and take responsibility for. We tried to play our game and not focus too much on Italy."

He added: "What we did not do, that part is true: Fight with our own weapons, find our rhythm and push our game through. Our plan was to dominate the midfield. It did not work."

Low, who took over as national coach from Jurgen Klinsmann in 2006, also said: "In South Africa we needed five chances to score a goal. In Poland & Ukraine we needed nine. We have to be not only be good in defence but also in pressing."

On Bastian Schweinsteiger, who was not on top form at the tournament, he simply said: "Even a mediocre performance by Schweinsteiger is always important for the team," and also claimed he "will certainly count on him the next two years" when asked about 34-year-old Lazio attacker Miro Klose.

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