Germany coach Joachim Loew admits the world champions’ poor finishing is an issue following their shock 2-1 friendly defeat to the USA.
Germany were stunned by the Jurgen Klinsmann-coached Stars and Stripes in Cologne as the visitors came from a goal down to inflict a 2-1 defeat on Loew’s side with Bobby Wood scoring the 87th-minute winner.
It was Germany’s third defeat in nine games since winning the World Cup last year after defeats to Argentina last September and in a Euro 2016 qualifier in Poland in October, and their poor finishing was again a factor after missing a string of chances.
“For me, some of the players lacked that lust to score a goal,” said Loew, who had rested several first-choice players ahead of Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against minnows Gibraltar in Faro, southern Portugal.
“It was the same against Poland and Georgia (when Germany won 2-0 in Tbilisi in March), as well as the United States.
“The conversion of chances is very important and therefore remains an issue for us.
“It is an area we must improve on if we are to ensure a successful autumn campaign.”