08.10.2006: Future looks bright for German team

German Football
By German Football October 8, 2006 17:28

08.10.2006: Future looks bright for German team

New coach Joachim Löw has helped the Germans quickly forget the sudden departure of Juergen Klinsmann after the recent World Cup with the best start any coach has had in the country’s history. Germany’s 2-0 victory against Georgia on Saturday was their fourth straight win under Löw, who succeeded Klinsmann after the World Cup finals where the hosts finished third.

‘What makes me happy is that in these last four matches we’ve shown that we were not only able to play well at the tournament but also kept going strong right after that,’ Löw said after winning a friendly match against Georgia at Rostock. Germany have won four straight matches and outscored opponents 19-0 since Löw took over.

‘We’re still playing attacking football and are always able to score,’ added Löw, Klinsmann’s assistant for the last two years, staying in the shadow of the popular ex-German striker until he was promoted after the World Cup.

‘It’s very satisfying to me,’ said Löw, who had only a modest playing career but has now entered German Football Association records with the most successful start as a national coach ever. Loew is only the 10th coach Germany has had since 1923 but is the 4th new coach in the past 8 years. ‘We’re going to make mistakes,’ he added. ‘But the great start after the World Cup shows we have first-rate players.’

Germany have played all but two of their 16 matches in 2006 at home and Loew will hope that their strong run can continue on the road when they travel to Bratislava for a Euro qualifier on Wednesday against Group D rivals Slovakia. Slovakia, who beat Germany 2-0 in Bratislava 13 months ago, crushed Wales 5-1 on Saturday.

Löw was clearly more concerned about Slovakia than Georgia. He rested several regulars: Miroslav Klose, Philipp Lahm, Bernd Schneider, Torsten Frings and goalkeeper Jens Lehmann. Defenders Per Mertesacker and Christoph Metzelder were out due to injuries.

‘We used a lot of young players and they performed well,’ said Loew, who started newcomers Piotr Trochowski of Hamburg SV and Werder Bremen’s Clemens Fritz. Trochowski was especially impressive in midfield, constantly causing problems for Georgia’s defence. ‘Trochowski had an enormous match and really made his mark,’ said Löw of the 22-year-old.

German Football
By German Football October 8, 2006 17:28
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