Germany unfazed by Mueller’s absence

German Football
By German Football July 6, 2010 07:40

Germany unfazed by Mueller’s absence

Germany will need to replace suspended four-time goal scorer Thomas Mueller when they take on Spain in their World Cup semi-final on Wednesday but that will be no problem for coach Joachim Loew.

The 20-year-old winger has wreaked havoc in his first major tournament, scoring his fourth goal in Germany’s 4-0 demolition of Argentina on Saturday to advance to the last four but coach Joachim Loew knows no one in his young squad is irreplaceable.

“Obviously this will be a blow for us given the goal threat that Thomas has been here,” said the 50-year-old coach, after his player was booked for a handball and must now sit out their match against the European champions.

“But we have players who can replace Thomas and we will manage that,” he said.

Mueller, who only won his first international cap in March in a friendly against Argentina and was one of Loew’s last call-ups for Germany’s youngest World Cup squad since 1934, has been crucial to their fast-paced style of attacking football.

A somewhat harsh referee decision means, however, he will miss the biggest match of his young career.

But Loew’s words, only a few days before their sensational quarterfinal victory against the much-fancied Argentines, now seem to have been prophetic.

“I do not try to find a tactic to fit the players that I have,” he had said earlier this week. “I want players who can apply my tactics and vision of football, what I want to see on the pitch and this is how I select them.”

It is this concept that has created a well oiled attacking machine that marches on despite any injuries or suspensions. There seems to be a seamless transition when players replace each other.

The injury of then captain Michael Ballack that ruled him out of the World Cup was absorbed almost immediately.

Striker Miroslav Klose was suspended for their final group game against Ghana but his absence was not felt as Cacau slipped into his role with Germany winning 1-0.

Left back Jerome Boateng has replaced Holger Badstuber after the first two matches with the backline now looking stronger than ever.

The same will no doubt happen against Spain with Stefan Kiessling being drawn out to the wing or even Mario Gomez slipping into Mueller’s role.

Cacau, fit after an abdominal muscle strain, is also an option despite being a more centrally active forward.

While playing with only one out-and-out striker until now, Loew has repeatedly said a two-pronged attack is always an option for his extremely flexible team.

He seems more interested in wanting to keep his players’ feet firmly on the ground.

“We must now emotionally not go over the top”,” he said. “Until now I have never got that impression. Obviously the joy was there in the changing room but all players were already thinking ahead.”

“We are in the semis but the tournament is still ongoing. It is important to focus on the next job at hand,” Loew said.

German Football
By German Football July 6, 2010 07:40
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12 Comments

  1. Naren Mukherjee, Kolkata, India July 6, 08:42

    Mr. Loew please do not use Mario Gomez in place of Muller for heaven sake. Use Kroos/Stefan Kiessling or Cacau instead. They will give you what Muller would have given. Please mind this. Please do not use Gomez.

  2. Joy July 6, 09:21

    Yeah..mr.jochim low hes right..plz for god sake make cacau fit n make him play in semifinal…pls germany must win for us…i m sole supprtr of germany since i m lil kid…do all necessry preperati0n to beat spain!!we r all with u mr.low!!

  3. RAJIB BHATTACHARYA July 6, 10:09

    RESPECTED COACH,
    FIRST OF ALL LET ME MENTION YOU LOOK GREAT SO AS YOU HAVE CHANGED GERMAN FOOTBALL TEAM. I AM AN INDIAN. BUT I THINK MY BLOOD IS GERMAN. PLEASE DO SOMETHING SPECIAL SO THAT WE WIN THE WORLD CUP THIS YEAR.
    MY WARM WISHES TO YOU AND YOUR TEAM. YOUR TEAM SHOULD WIN THE WORLD CUP , GOLDEN BOOT AND GOLDEN BALL.

  4. Muhammad Ibrar July 6, 12:56

    dear coach
    use your own mind and tactics and use the player you think to be suitable the supporters want your victory good luck

  5. Zaku July 6, 13:42

    Hello! If i were a couch of Germany I will put instead of Muller i think to put Kross or Marin.
    > Kross can shoot from a long distance,is very good in middle filed and can give very good crosses and passes
    > Marin can penetrate because of his well known tactics and because he is fast.

  6. Rubi July 6, 16:48

    pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Mr. Löw don’t put Gomez , For God Sake you have to put Cacau or Marko Marin! YOU HAVE TO BEAT SPAIN! I’m a Fan of Germany since i had 8 years old :´( pleasee do that for the fans of other contries :/ {like me xD}

  7. ... July 6, 16:49

    OMG, Bad news: the apparently psychic octopus {paul} forecasts a Spanish win.

    • Mads July 6, 17:52

      Paul has got it wrong before :p

      Euro 2008 he predicted Germany to win over Spain, and Spain actually won. You never know, this could be the same. Either way, Germany will put up a great fight. Given the age of the team, and the amount of people who had written them off pre-tournament, they have done amazingly well, and I think the team can be very proud of what they have achieved! This is a team for the future, and have the potential to be very strong at Euro 2012 and World Cup 2014.

  8. german footballer July 6, 18:22

    do whatever it is that u have to do mr.leow!
    i respect ur tactics all the way!
    but i want u to make sure that klose gets to score a goal in this match, because i want him to beat ronaldo`s record of 15 goals =D
    and i belive u should put marin up instead of muller, since u need his speed, and he can simply go up with the ball pass it to klose or ozil or somone and score!
    wish u all the luck for wednesdays game

  9. DrKamal July 7, 03:50

    The road to the final has not yet come to an end; the party will go on. In South Africa, Germany and Malaysia. We are all one team. And we all have a very big goal. Together we can do it! GO TO THE NEXT LEVEL. WE LOVE YOU.

    Dr. Kamal Shah
    Malaysia.

  10. s July 11, 14:08

    Mueller should have been there for semifinal

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