The legendary Maracanã the Loew troupe to ever feel like getting on the final. Photo: ->. Marcelo Sayao
Santo André World Cup Classic in playoff Stadium: After dithering victory in the second round Joachim Löw and his team in the football worship Maracanã want to stir up new the title hopes of the German fans
“Germany against France were always games at an extremely high level. with a lot of tension, “the coach said before the World Cup quarter-final against the” Grande Nation “. Loew also expected for the match in Rio de Janeiro, a great spectacle.
After a day of care with a family connection in the Campo Bahia Loew swore his last matt World Cup players to the new goalkeeper Manuel Neuer heroes straight to the next football a crime. “It will be a tight game. We will prepare for it, “said Löw’s assistant Andreas Kopke, the re» New sets as a goalkeeper coach special attention to the qualities of “Libero. ” We need eleven players on the pitch who are fit to one hundred percent », on the other hand stressed the 28-year-old keeper of Bayern, the spectacular rescue action has a big part in the German national team on Friday at the Maracana stadium, where on July 13 and the finals will be held, at all against the in Brazil previously allowed to compete convincing neighbors.
“We must give more than hundred percent in order to beat the French can,” enjoined his New still too unstable colleagues. Intensive work in the DFB base camp on the Atlantic coast to the departure to the city of Rio in the early hours of Thursday German time on getting the lights beaten after 120 minutes against intense outsider Algeria players fit again. “Now I Lay Me first three days in the Eistonne” defender Per Mertesacker had explained exemplarily for the leached DFB kicker.
Loew have to look and decide if, for example, Bastian exactly with doctors and fitness trainers Schweinsteiger (“He was just completely in terms of forces at the limit”) is ready again for the next World Cup intense slugfest. For the kick-off time in the midday sun of Rio more than 30 degrees are predicted, the second round in Porto Alegre had the DFB team still disputed at 14 degrees. Head coach Loew wants to these extreme conditions do not lament: “. A World Cup is not a walk»
Nevertheless, the fitness of some key players a stranger to the knockout rounds of puzzle Loew. Mats Hummels had to take a break due to an infection and missed the Algeria game. Thomas Müller was also cold. Lukas Podolski could not play because of a sprain in the second round, now he wants to be there again. Others, such as Jérome Boateng drag with minor injuries through the tournament. Shkodran Mustafi can be used as defense alternative because of a muscle bundle crack in Brazil do not play anymore.
Whether the forced solution during the Algeria game with Philipp Lahm at right-back against Loew’s previous statements but again could be a WM option now , the national coach had initially open. “If me, the right coach, I play right,” said Lahm itself In the next round of changes within the game was “not so easy,” said the captain. Especially since he had not played there longer. “That’s not my decision,” said the 30-year-old Lahm. Regardless of this theme looks Loew in Torabschluss still a significant potential for improvement. “Chance evaluation and efficiency must of course be better,” said the coach, whose knockout plan came up only in extra time. In addition, the error rate in the game design must be reduced. “There are certainly quite a lot to revise and criticize, but we must not now speak all bad,” said defender Boateng. So, “somehow cheated,” as André Schurrle noted after the second round, the team will can hardly go up the task against the resurgent French. “The further you get, the less we can allow ourselves. We must definitely boost yet, “said team manager Oliver Bierhoff before the new edition of the classic World Cup against France. Three times both soccer nations have met in the World Championships so far. Above all, the drama of Seville in 1982, burned himself that was overshadowed by a nasty foul by goalkeeper Toni Schumacher on Patrick Battiston. Germany won the semi-finals on penalties. Also in 1986 in Guadalajara, Mexico, won the DFB team in the semifinals 2-0. Only in Sweden in 1958 was the rather insignificant small final for third place with 3:6 lost. Loew but will not stop with the past: “We do not deal with us.” Rather, it’s about how you can get at the actual qualities of the French team. “It has been very well seen in the group stage or in the match against Nigeria on how strong the French,” the 105-times capped player Schweinsteiger said on ARD. “They have very good individual players in their ranks, who have very high quality. But they also play as a team. “ optimism draw the German players from the recent clash with France. At 2-1 in February 2013 in Paris went Loew’s tactics with a ‘false nine’ in full on attack. It was the first German victory in the derby after almost 26 years. Thomas Müller and Sami Khedira were the scorers
The World Cup Scorers definitely wants a second time to Rio -. The final. Therefore, one for him in the quarterfinals only the performance: “I really do not care how we win games,” said Müller. Per Mertesacker expects “a completely different game” than against Algeria: “We are looking forward to the Maracanã.”