Kahn unable to predict winner

German Football
By German Football June 27, 2010 08:46

Kahn unable to predict winner

The two nations will fight it out once again on the World Cup stage due to England’s failure to top what looked to be a relatively comfortable Group C.

German goalkeeping legend Kahn, who was the number one for his country at the 2002 World Cup, does not know which way the game will go.

He said: “England versus Germany is a traditional classical duel – a huge battle. The English are a very experienced side with many top stars.

“On the German side, there are many young players – some of whom are quite inexperienced – but they do play a lovely game of combination football, which is actually not quite typical of German football.

“As for the result, we will have to see.”

Much has been made about the Jabulani ball in South Africa, but the former Bayern Munich goalkeeper feels players should not be blaming the ball for their errors.

Kahn added: “The balls have changed over the last couple of years, so yes they have become a lot faster. In addition, in Johannesburg we are playing at altitude, which makes the ball even quicker and the goalkeeper’s task even harder.

“But I don’t think we can take these things as an excuse for the goalkeeping errors we have seen – not the only excuse at least. It is also a question of quality. Sepp Maier, my goalkeeping coach, once said to me, ‘if the balls become more difficult, then you’ll have to train harder until you can work with those balls’.”

German Football
By German Football June 27, 2010 08:46
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