Ballack backs Germans to go through

German Football
By German Football June 22, 2010 22:41

Ballack backs Germans to go through

Injured Germany captain Michael Ballack has backed his side to beat Ghana on Wednesday to reach the Round of 16 at the World Cup, team manager Oliver Bierhoff has revealed.

Having hammered Australia 4-0 in their opening Group D game, Germany slumped to a 1-0 defeat by Serbia last Saturday and must beat Ghana at Soccer City to reach the knockout phase.

An ankle injury in last month’s FA Cup final ruled Ballack out of the World Cup, but he has showed his faith in the squad by telling coach Joachim Loew he plans to visit the team only after they reach the knock-out phase.

“Michael has spoken to Joachim and he plans to visit us, but he will only come after the third game and that shows he has every confidence in the team,” Bierhoff said yesterday at the Germany team’s World Cup base in Erasmia, Pretoria.

“It goes without saying we would have loved to have Michael Ballack here, but no single player can make a difference and turn a game around,” said Bierhoff.

“We have enough quality in the team to solve a situation when the going gets tough.”

Ironically, Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, whose scything tackle caused Ballack’s injury, will line up for Ghana against Germany, but Bierhoff said there will be no vendetta against him.

However, Boateng’s half-brother Jerome is set to start on the bench for Germany on Wednesday and the siblings are reported to have not spoken since the tackle which ended Ballack’s World Cup dream.

“It wouldn’t be right to use our emotions or any feelings against a single player,” said Bierhoff.

As the “away” team, Germany are expected to play in their alternative black shirt and Bierhoff said live updates from their group rivals Serbia’s match with Australia will be fed to the bench, but he hopes they will not be needed.

Bierhoff admitted there is no Plan B in place in the event of defeat to Ghana, other than to fly home, and with the whole coaching staff out of contract after the World Cup, there is plenty at stake for Bierhoff and Loew.

German Football
By German Football June 22, 2010 22:41
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  1. Bellens Kofi Gideon June 23, 01:05

    Thats the German captain who believes his boys can do it.Go Germany!

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