German wingers plan to ‘tear apart’ Socceroos

German Football
By German Football June 11, 2010 04:13

German wingers plan to ‘tear apart’ Socceroos

Germany’s wingers on Thursday revealed their plan to pepper the Australian defence with enough crosses to ‘tear them apart’ in Sunday’s World Cup clash.

The Socceroos and the Germans, who are favourites to win Group D, meet at Durban Stadium in their opening game of the tournament this weekend.

Germany are set to use a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Cologne’s Lukas Podolski likely to start on the left wing with Mesut Oezil playing just behind the striker and Hamburg’s Piotr Trochowski on the right.

But Bremen’s Marko Marin could also play a role having proven his worth off the bench in Germany’s warm-up win against Bosnia last week with a series of darting runs which stretched the defence.

Debate is raging in Germany whether Miroslav Klose, the top scorer at the last World Cup, or Stuttgart’s Cacau will start as Germany’s lone striker, but either way, the wingers plan to supply the frontman with plenty of ball.

Germany have a relatively young squad in South Africa, but the young Germans are confident they will step up to the plate with a strong performance on Sunday.

With Michael Ballack out with an ankle injury, defender Philipp Lahm takes over as captain of a side boasting several members of the impressive team which won the Under-21 European Championships in 2009.

The defensive midfielder role vacated by Ballack is likely to be filled by Stuttgart’s Sami Khedira, 22, while the dazzling skills of Oezil and Marin, both 21, can play havoc with defences.

Likewise, both Thomas Mueller, 20, and Holger Badstuber, 21, were plucked from Bayern Munich’s reserves only last August, yet have both won their first caps and played in a Champions League final.

German Football
By German Football June 11, 2010 04:13
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  1. Tandra Chakma June 12, 09:55

    Good combination of young players. Like it. Best of luck my favourite team.

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