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


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


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


“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


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



Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.