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Loew’s tactics dissected

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With all the friendly matches done and dusted, Joachim Loew’s cards suggest that the following is how his side will line-up in their opening World Cup game against Australia.

Starting 11 (4231):
Attack: Cacau/Klose, Mueller, Oezil, Podolski
Support: Khedira
Defense/Retention: Schweinsteiger

Attacking: When in possession the four attacking players are interchangeable, and use their creativity and pace to make quick passes and break down the opponent’s defense. Cacau/Klose will play the role of the false nine, often dropping deep and letting Oezil, who is almost a shadow striker get ahead of him.Case in point the 3-4 one-on-one chances Oezil got in the Hungary game.

The focus is on keeping the ball on the ground as much as possible.  Khedira’s role is to initiate attacks and support the attacking players by playing one two’s and making intelligent forward runs. Schweinsteiger’s role is slightly more defensive. He will stay deep, retain the ball and try to control the pace of the game.

The great part of this setup is that, in theory, all 4 attacking players are creative as well as goal threats. This formation relies heavily on quickness and intelligent movement on and off the ball.

This is also perhaps the reason that neither of  Trochowski and Kroos will be able to find a starting spot in the team.

Defending: All four attacking players have a very high work rate and are expected to pressure the opponent in their own half; the object being to force turnovers and keep offensive pressure off of our defense.

Schweinsteiger and Khedira work together to win back possession and capitalize on mistakes that are forced by the relentless pressuring from the attackers. This system uses up lots of energy, so expect Marin to enter between the 65 and 70 minute in most matches to replace either Podolski or Mueller (depending on who is exhausted).

Mueller/Podolski is the key to the success of this formation because of their immense work rate defensively. Loew wants Mueller and Podolski to run at the other team and wear them down (not unlike Mueller and Olic do for Bayern) so that his substitutes can capitalize on tired legs.

The best part of this concept is the interchangeable parts and the fact that the midfield and attackers are very technical. Germany will be flexible enough to play a possession game or a counter attack game, depending on the need at the time.


Written by quazi zulquarnain

June 5, 2010 at 7:26 am