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More questions than answers for Loew

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Although Thursday’s friendly against Malta was more a charity match than a test run out, all it served to display was just how much work remains for Germany ahead of the World Cup which is in less than a month’s time.

The Germans flattered to deceive against a side of part-timers, and it is just these kind of games that you expect Germany to be emphatic in and run up a score.

However, the fact that they did not, and that too with two of their in-form strikers on the pitch, is a cause for concern for Joachim Loew.

Conclusions:

  1. Can’t hit the side of a barn door: The strike force will be a major headache for Joachim Loew. While Cacau did his chances of a starting spot many favours, Stefan Kiessling demonstrated just why Loew has had so little faith in him over the years. The Leverkusen man did his

    Much to do for Kiessling

    best Mario Gomez interpretation by contriving to miss chances when it was easier to score.  On the plus side, he worked hard and tried to get on the ball as much as possible, but finishing is why he is at the team, and he did a very poor job of that.

  2. Left-back is one-up on right-back: On yesterday’s evidence, Dennis Aogo is closer to the World Cup spot than Andreas Beck. Aogo looked sharp, full of running and combined well with his man on a number of occasions. Personally I think that he will be part of the World Cup final roster, but most in the media seem to think he will get the cut. June 1 will give us the answer. Andreas Beck though, looks odds-on for a summer holiday.
  3. Podolski hanging by a thread: Despite some heavyweight criticism, Joachim Loew has been stoic in his defence of Lukas Podolski. Loew will be praying that his faith in the misfiring Cologne man will be repaid with some goals come the World Cup. Podolski made two assists yesterday but it is a performance that can raise a number of questions.
  4. Neuer has tougher tests awaiting: Unless Loew has already decided that Manuel Neuer will be his number one, the Schalke shot-stopper will be partially disappointed with a  match in which he

    Tougher tasks await Neuer

    had almost nothing of note to do. The friendlies later in the months will be tougher tests and Neuer will be hoping it is he, rather than Tim Weise or Hans Jorg Butt, who gets the chance to show his mettle.

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Written by quazi zulquarnain

May 14, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Posted in World Cup 2010

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