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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, September 6, 2013
BERLIN---Defensive frailties are no cause
for worry ahead of World Cup qualifiers
against Austria and the Faeroe Islands,
according to Germany coach Joachim Loew.
"We ll score more goals than we concede
against Austria. I m counting on that," said
Loew, whose team has conceded nine goals
in its last three games.
With qualification from Group C all but
assured if Germany beats Austria in Munich
today and then wins in the Faeroe Islands four
days later, attention is already turning to the
prospect of winning the World Cup next year.
But the goals conceded in the 3-3 draw
with Paraguay, 4-3 loss to the United States
and 4-2 win over Ecuador have led to concerns
that a soft underbelly harms the team s chances
The German coach is clearly irritated by
"Look at the qualification games for the
2012 European Championship, whether we
conceded many goals," Loew said. "And please
simply tell the difference between qualification
games, tournament games, friendly games
and preparation games."
Individual mistakes were to blame for goals
conceded against Paraguay in Kaiserslautern
on August 14, and Loew said he was "relatively
confident" there will be no repeat against
"It s not just the defence, the whole team
is under obligation in this game. There will
be a different team on the pitch and it will
play differently to the side that played against
Paraguay," Loew said.
Loew, who has been in charge since he was
promoted as Juergen Klinsmann s assistant
after the 2006 World Cup, brushed aside crit-
icism of his attacking brand of football---a
style which has won plenty of admirers for
its attractive and exciting play, but is under-
mined by the problems in defense.
Both Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ilkay Guen-
dogan are ruled out through injury, meaning
Sven Bender or Toni Kroos will likely line up
beside Sami Khedira in midfield. Another can-
didate, Sven s twin brother Lars, was ruled
out yesterday with a left hip injury.
"It s not a serious injury but a painful one,"
Germany assistant coach Hansi Flick said. "As
it stands we expect him to be fit for Bayer
Leverkusen s next Bundesliga game."
Austria hasn t beaten Germany since a 4-
1 friendly win in Vienna on October 29, 1986,
and Germany has lost only two of its 80 World
Cup qualifiers since 1934.
However, Germany has won none of its four
World Cup or European Championship qual-
ifiers in Munich, where its record is two defeats
and two scoreless draws.
Several Austrian players ply their trade in
the Bundesliga, including Bayern Munich mid-
fielder David Alaba, Schalke defender Christian
Fuchs and Stuttgart striker Martin Harnik,
while Marko Arnautovic left Werder Bremen
in the offseason.
Motivation for Austria s first competitive
win over Germany since a 3-2 win at the 1978
World Cup in Argentina is high.
Austria would greatly boost its chances of
a playoff place with a win. With four games
remaining in Group C, Austria, Sweden and
Ireland have 11 points each.
Ireland hosts Sweden today and visits Austria
on Tuesday, when Sweden visits Kazakhstan.
Germany hosts Ireland and visits Sweden
in October, but can have qualification wrapped
up before then with rivals dropping points.
Germany captain Philipp Lahm will make
his 100th appearance for Germany today.
Germany to cut defensive
lapses against Austria
German head coach Joachim Loew arrives for a
training session for the Fifa World Cup 2014
qualification group C soccer match between
Germany and Austria in Munich, southern
Germany, yesterday. The match will be played
today. AP PHOTO
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