Low expects Germany to improve

15 October 2014 03:38:00 EST

Germany head coach Joachim Low expects his side to come back stronger, having made a below-par start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

A narrow 2-1 win over Scotland has been followed up by a 2-0 loss in Poland and a 1-1 draw at home to the Republic of Ireland, results which have left the world champions in fourth place in Group D.

This is the hardest group, this will go to the last day

Gordon Strachan

However, despite being disappointed by the current state of play, Low remains confident that his team will improve when they return to Euro 2016 qualifying action, starting against minnows Gibraltar in November.

He told reporters: "We had hoped for more points getting out of October. You can see it in the players' eyes, they are a little exhausted after a long season, the World Cup, then a short pre-season.

"There is a little bit missing from some of them, but next year we will be better and we will bounce back."

Meanwhile, Scotland boss Gordon Strachan expects the tussle to qualify from Group D to go all the way to the final round of fixtures, having seen his side secure a very creditable 2-2 draw away to Poland.

He added: "I said it after the Germany game and this confirms it - this is the hardest group, this will go to the last day."

Scotland can be backed at 1/1 to top Group D, with Germany 1/1 and the Republic of Ireland 1/1.

The Irish and Scotland meet in November in their next qualifier, with Celtic Park the venue for a crunch clash.

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