Löw: Chelsea’s Champions League triumph won’t affect Germany

Joachim Löw denies Bayern Munich's Champions League final heartbreak could affect Germany's Euro 2012 bid

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Philipp Lahm captained the Bayern side that were defeated by Chelsea Photo: S Dhansay, via Flickr

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Joachim Löw insists Bayern Munich’s Champions League final disappointment will not affect his squad’s performance at the European championship, despite Germany’s shock 5-2 defeat by Switzerland on Saturday.

The Germany manager fielded a strong line-up in Basel, although Löw was without the Bayern contingent, but the Euro 2008 finalists were left humiliated as they lost to their neighbours for the first time since 1956.

But the 52-year-old manager has dismissed the suggestion that Bayern’s dramatic loss to Chelsea on penalties could affect Germany’s bid to win Euro 2012.

“Obviously the Bayern players are still missing and we knew that we would be without a few regulars in this game,” Löw told Uefa.com.

“Bayern’s defeat in the Uefa Champions League final won’t be a topic for us anymore. I’m sure they have put that disappointment behind them. We are all extremely focused on the upcoming task of the Euros.”

Löw was also quick to play down the significance of their defeat by the Swiss. “We are disappointed with this result,” added Löw.

“We knew that we would be lacking freshness ahead of this game after intensive training sessions over the last few days.

“Our communication was poor and thus we conceded five goals. It was only a friendly match and there’s a lot to be learned from this game. We made a lot of mistakes, but we still have two weeks and I’m not worried.”

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