The game against Ireland should be one Germany will win. At least one point is needed to book the flight to France 2016, a destination the World Champion must reach easily. But coach Joachim Löw knows all about the strength of the Irish, and the short build-up could favour the Boys in Green, writes Fabian Biastoch.
They are very hard to beat in front of their own crowd and the draw in Gelsenkirchen should be a warning as well. The main hope for Ireland getting some points against Germany is the short time of preparation for this week’s visitors. They just met on Monday night. On Tuesday they had some small exercises and the flight to Dublin was booked for Wednesday. All in all it is one of the shortest preparation times for a national game in history.
Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund clashed on Sunday, Manchester United and Arsenal FC also. Seventeen team players have had some big games on the weekend. “The intensity is really high at the moment,” says Löw. For that reason the first thing he decided was to have a break. The players will rest, have regeneration training and no stress at all. “A training unit especially for the game against them was just not possible,” claims Löw.
Ireland can still prepare a showdown with the best eleven possible. “I will risk nothing and trust the guys who played in the last weeks a lot,” adds Löw, likely to avoid any experiments within his squad. Ireland are a much stronger opponent than Scotland. Their variability is better developed and they are capable of creating more scoring opportunities. They are typical fighters and will be extra motivated to avoid conceding after the 6-1 defeat in the last meeting in Dublin. “It is not an easy game and I guess they will be playing offensive,” predicts Löw, who will be coaching his 125th game as “Bundestrainer” at the Aviva Stadium.
Fabian Biastoch is sport editor for the “Volksstimme” newspaper and Chief Editor of fussballnews.de
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