Löw experiments against Kazakhstan

German Football
By German Football March 22, 2013 09:38

Löw experiments against Kazakhstan

Low talks

Germany, top of 2014 World Cup qualifying Group C on 10 points from four games, will be looking to get all three points in Astana and will most likely try to do it without a designated forward.

With their last trophy dating back to 1996, the three-times world and European champions are eager to mould a team that can challenge for the biggest crown of all in Brazil next year and coach Joachim Loew is ready to try everything.

In what is likely to be the latest shift from the traditional German style of play, Löw could deploy “a fake nine” as a centre forward with offensive midfielder Mario Goetze looking set to start ahead of forward Mario Gomez.

Gone are the days of physical play and rock-solid defences; Löw has reinvented Germany as a lightning-quick, young team, more eager to score four goals and let in three than keep a clean sheet at all costs.

“I have been toying for some time with the idea that players could take turns playing as forwards,” Löw told reporters. “It does not always have to be a big, physical centre forward but smaller, more agile players who can find the right solutions in tight spaces and cause problems for the sometimes slower defenders.”

With Spain setting the standard for such a style of play when they cruised to the Euro 2012 title without an out-and-out striker, Löw is eager to try it out as German fans are getting desperate for success.

The trip to Astana could be a good opportunity to wean the Germans off their strikers with the pace likely to be quick on the artificial pitch. With Klose out injured and Gomez the only real striker option, Loew looks set to adapt their play.

Löw will also have holding midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger back to orchestrate their game and a so-called fake nine, falling back in midfield while also acting as a lone forward, could be exactly the connection they need to link their play.

The Germans will be looking to get the full six points from lowly Kazakhstan in their two games on March 22 and 26 to maintain their three-point advantage over second-placed Sweden, who have played a game less.

 

Probable lineup: Manuel Neuer; Philipp Lahm, Benedikt Hoewedes, Per Mertesacker, Marcel Schmelzer; Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil, Mario Gotze, Thomas Mueller, Marco Reus.

German Football
By German Football March 22, 2013 09:38

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