Low concerned about Germany

(PA) Monday 3 March 2014
Low concerned about Germany

Germany coach Joachim Low has expressed his concern about the form and fitness of his side with 100 days go to before the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.

Germany cruised through their qualifying group, dropping only two points to emerge as one of the favourites for glory in Brazil, but Low says that may not be the case.

"On paper, we have a top team with top quality and top individuals, but the reality looks a little different," he said at a press conference on Monday.

"The truth is not so nice because many of our players have been injured for a long time and don't have much rhythm, be it due to a dip in form or niggling injuries, which is why we need to use these next two and a half months to improve and do everything to reach top form."

Low is once again without Mario Gomez, who has only just returned from a five-month injury lay-off with Fiorentina, while fellow Serie A striker Miroslav Klose is a doubt for Wednesday's friendly with Chile in Stuttgart.

Mesut Ozil is low on form, Bastian Schweinsteiger has not been able to play regularly over the past few months, Ilkay Gundogan is still missing with a back injury while Sami Khedira faces a race against time to be fit for May.

On paper, we have a top team with top quality and top individuals, but the reality looks a little different.
Joachim Low, Germany coach.

They were all key members of Low's team throughout qualifying, which is why the Germany coach is currently overcome with pessimism.

"The clock is ticking and I'm making an appeal to everybody to prepare as best as they can and to invest all they can, not only to be physically but also psychologically ready for this," he said. "We need a very good basis and some of my players are still showing deficiencies."

It is with that in mind that Low called four new faces into his squad to face Chile.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Andre Hahn, Shkodran Mustafi and Matthias Ginter could all make their international debuts on Wednesday and Low made it clear he did not call them along just to make up the numbers.

"Anybody in my squad has the chance of coming to Brazil," Low said. "I know I'm going to have to hurt one or two people (with my final squad decision)."

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Miro.D (Canada)
29/04/2014 at 04:18
At least we still have Neuer. But no this does not sound good
Martin Navar
Martin Navar (USA)
05/03/2014 at 04:55
Lol volkmar. Low does sound pessimistic. I hope he said that to throw of other teams and mess with them mentally? Low has had many years to find alternatives to injuries and alternatives to the way germans are playing football (for example at Bayern) and apply their skills to a gameplan to exploit other teams weaknesses. Yes the German players need to reach their peak at the world cup and the process starts now. But im sure most of those players have been thinking about the world cup in Brazil since 2012(prob before) GO GERMANY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Volkmar (USA)
04/03/2014 at 06:59
Pessimism? There are many fans who've felt that way for a few years now because of who's coaching the team...lol. Btw, whine all you want about injuries, but perhaps the striker position wouldn't at least have such a bleak outlook if you allowed Kiessling back on the squad.