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Germans still got the fight

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An impressive 3-1 win over an attacking Bosnia side on Thursday showed that Joachim Loew’s multi-cultural Germany still retain the traditional fighting qualities, that make them so dangerous in World Cups.

At the risk of reading too much into a friendly match, Germany fell behind to an unfortunate goal, courtesy of a mix-up in the backline. Phillip Lahm’s attempted clearance rebounded off Edin Dzeko into the net.

But captain Lahm made amends soon after with a sparkling goal and his deputy Bastian Schweinsteiger added two penalties to give the scoreline a comfortable feel and only what it deserved.

The Bosnians were poor defensively but had good quality going up front with Dzeko, Miralem Pjanic and Zvezden Misimovic in the side.

Looking at friendly results around the continent and beyond, Loew will be quietly pleased at the preparation and bonding of his squad even as they are missing Michael Ballack.

Positives:

1. The  attacking foursome of Cacau, Marin, Oezil & Mueller in the second half were hugely impressive. Although it might be a light-weight option and Podolski will probably play ahead of Marin, it is good to know that Germany have so many talented creative players to fall back on if they are chasing a game.

2. Phillip Lahm’s stunning goal and his overall play suggests that the captaincy is only a natural step up for him. The perfect man for the job.

3. Bastian Schweinsteiger is rapidly maturing into a ball-playing central midfilder of some repute. It is he, and not Sami Khedira who will be the real replacement for Michael Ballack.

Negatives:

1. Miroslav Klose looks desperately out of touch. The Bayern man will need to get his touch back and soon. Loew’s comments however suggest that the Bayern man will line up against Australia for their World Cup opener.

2. It is difficult to understand the role of Stefan Kiessling in this team. Cacau is the fluid forward, Klose is the aerial threat and hard worker and Mario Gomez is the strong physical presence.  Where does Kiessling fit into all of this?

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Written by quazi zulquarnain

June 5, 2010 at 6:51 am

Posted in World Cup 2010

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