Schweinsteiger ready for Serbia game

German Football
By German Football June 17, 2010 23:56

Schweinsteiger ready for Serbia game

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Pasta instead of breakfast, a final practice session instead of lunch and travel instead of an afternoon cup of coffee: coach Joachim Löw had to make some changes to the team’s preparations leading up to their second World Cup game.

On Friday, Germany face Serbia in their second game of Group D. Originally, the team had planned to have their final practice at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, but due to heavy rain falls in Port Elizabeth, FIFA had to cancel the sessions for both teams, Germany and Serbia.

This led Löw and his staff to decide to spend more time at their team head quarter in the vicinity of Pretoria, and move the flight to Port Elizabeth into the late afternoon hours on Thursday.

“It took us an hour or two, then we had everything arranged. Not practicing in the stadium is not a major disadvantage, as both teams have to cope with that situation”, said team manager Oliver Bierhoff.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, who had come down with a minor cold, returned to team practice, which was held at Super Stadium in Atteridgeville.

“We’re ready for a fierce battle. Serbia is a very dangerous team now, since they lost their first game. Both sides will not save any punches tomorrow, but our team is hungry for more success”, said Löw during the pre-game press conference at Port Elizabeth.

Löw spoke about Serbia as a team solid on defense, midfielders with excellent technical skills and two very smart forwards in Nikola Zigic and Marko Pantelic.

German Football
By German Football June 17, 2010 23:56
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