Löw: Fans wrong to boo Germany

German Football
By German Football March 27, 2011 18:05

Löw: Fans wrong to boo Germany

Germany coach Joachim Löw said the fans were wrong to boo his side and individual players during the 4-0 win over Kazakhstan.

After opening up a 3-0 lead by half-time, the fans inside Kaiserslautern’s Fritz-Walter Stadion clearly expected more of the same, but they had to wait until the 88th minute before seeing another goal, by which time they had vented their frustration.

However, Löw has defended his team, saying they have more than lived up to the expectations.

“We have maximum points and have scored 17 goals so we have more than fulfilled our duty,” he said.

“Of course the expectations have risen due to our recent games and everybody expects us to send our opponents home on the back of a 6-0, 7-0 or 8-0 hiding.”

Bastian Schweinsteiger was jeered when he left the field and, although his Bayern Munich allegiance may have been behind many of the whistles, his lacklustre performance will have accounted for the rest.

However, Löw said it was wrong to criticise his side’s vice-captain, even if he is going through a period of indifferent form.

“I think that is extremely negative,” said Löw. “Bastian Schweinsteiger has the right to play a game which is not quite at his highest level. He remains an irreplaceable player in German football.”

Löw could only find one fault in his side’s performance, and that was their failure to take the many chances they created, especially in the first half.

He said: “We were just not so clear with some chances. We did well in the first half because we were able to put many passes together, but we were unable to keep up this high tempo in the second half.”

Germany play Australia in a friendly match in Monchengladbach on Tuesday when Low is expected to experiment with his side.

German Football
By German Football March 27, 2011 18:05
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