Germany on track for second Confederations win
17 June 2005, COLOGNE - The German squad arrived in Cologne on time by sleek inter-city express from Frankfurt, not expecting to be derailed by Tunisia on their journey to the Confederations Cup final.
17 June 2005
COLOGNE - The German squad arrived in Cologne on time by sleek inter-city express from Frankfurt, not expecting to be derailed by Tunisia on their journey to the Confederations Cup final.
Another win for Juergen Klinsmann's team following the 4-3 victory over Australia could put them in the semi-finals of the tournament before their biggest test on paper next Tuesday against Argentina.
Tunisia are confident, however, that they can get at least grab the point they need to keep them in with a chance of progressing.
Their French coach, Roger Lemerre, has studied the German game against Australia several times and believes there is nothing to fear from the hosts.
"The German team does not interest me. All I am interested in is my own team," he replied when asked about his Group A opponents on Saturday in Cologne.
"A few players rested against Argentina will come back into the side. The team (against Germany) will have another look to it."
The coach's comments indicate a return for Brazilian-born Santos and Ziad Jaziri in attack along with midfielder Mehdi Nefti.
"If Santos and Jaziri are in from the beginning we will be dangerous up front," said midfielder Jawhar Mnari.
"I feel the Germans are not a real unit and above all have weaknesses in defence. They are also under a lot of pressure playing in front of their home fans. This might cause them to make mistakes."
Santos told Deutsche Presse-Agentur: "I think the trainer will pick an attacking team because we have to win. We do not want to go out of the tournament early. We have to be calm. We have fast attacking players like Jaziri and we are good for one or two goals."
Meanwhile Klinsmann is looking for a more compact midfield to help his young defence and may be tempted to bring in Schalke-bound Fabian Ernst who came on as a substitute against Australia. The hard-working Gerald Asamoah is also an alternative to Kevin Kuranyi up front.
Captain Michael Ballack warned his team-mates to be on guard against the African champions.
"We have a good chance of going through to the semi-final with a win and we want to take this chance. For Tunisia it is a last chance to progress and they will be trying everything," he said.
"They work very well as a team in midfield and defence. When they win the ball they go forward quickly."
Tunisia's Brazilian-born defender Clayton told DPA: "Ballack is right when he says we are very good on the break but more importantly we have great solidarity as a team. The game against Argentina showed that we are on the same level internationally."
Subject: German news