Celebrate, but don’t get excited – German coach

2010-06-14 07:47

Scoring four goals in their opening match was just the foundation

Germany needed to build on – as it was the case when they hosted the

tournament in 2006, said coach Joachim Loewe after their 4-0 win over

Australia.

But in the same breath, he warned his players to “celebrate but not

get excited”.

“Our strategy was to keep the ball low because we knew that

Australia is very good on high balls and it worked,” he said.

“The four goals we scored today (Sunday) is a good foundation to build on

but we still have two more matches to play in this round.”

Loewe said Serbia, who lost 1-0 in an earlier Group D match today,

were going to be a different cup of tea altogether.

“We might have to use a lot of high balls and crosses against

them,” he said.

“The four goals we scored today (Sunday) are good for us just as it

was in 2006 (when Germany beat Costa Rica 4-2 in the opening match) but we will

have to pick up speed and keep the momentum if we want to do well in the

tournament.”

His counterpart, Pim Verbeek, said he took full responsibility for

Australia’s loss.

“As a coach, I am the one who comes up with the strategy and give

the players instructions on how to play. As a result, I take full responsibility

for the result. I’ve never been a coach who blames his players,” he said.

He admitted that they were up against a very strong German

team.

“I’m disappointed at the result but not embarrassed that we lost

4-0 because we lost to on of the best teams in the world and at this World Cup,”

he said.

He admitted that losing the experienced Tim Cahill – who received a

red card which means a two-match suspension – was a blow to his plans, which

will now have to be changed for the remaining Group Stages matches.

Asked whether he would call upon the experience of Harry Kewell, he

said he still had five days to make up his mind before their next game against

Ghana.

Verbeek said he was not worried by the statistics that his charges

had failed to score in six of their eight matches at the World Cup finals.

“I never bother myself with the past. I must plan for the future

and all I know is that we have to win our next two matches for us to proceed to

the next round,” he said.

The man of the match, Lucas Podolski said: “I think we were quite

good from the first minute up to the last. We face Serbia next and it won’t be

easy.”

 

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