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BERLIN (AP) – Given the time to cover the coronavirus epidemic, German coach Joachim Loew decided to leave earlier than expected.

“I always said that the team needs a place, it needs time and development. “It should not be delayed, as the coach probably wants to cling to his position,” Loew said in a public comment on Thursday when the decision was announced by the German federation on Tuesday.

Lev, 61, said leaving this summer after the European Championships, after next year’s World Cup, would give him time to prepare for Euro 2024 in Germany.

“Three years is right to prepare for a tournament in your country,” Lyov said.

Loew took over Germany as one of the longest-serving national team coaches after serving as assistant coach to Jürgen Klinsmann at the 2006 World Cup. He led 189 games.

Loew took Germany to the 2014 World Cup title but was under tight control as the results suffered a concussion after the 2018 World Cup, which saw Germany advance to the first round.

“I think it was the right decision to start making changes in 2019,” Lyov said. “This young generation will reach its potential in 2024.”

Lew said his “full focus” was on preparing the team for this summer’s tournament.

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