Klinsmann says Germany ready to take on Brazil
24 June 2005, HERZOGENAURACH - Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann on Friday said his players were highly motivated to beat world champions Brazil for a place in the Confederations Cup final.
24 June 2005
HERZOGENAURACH - Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann on Friday said his players were highly motivated to beat world champions Brazil for a place in the Confederations Cup final.
But Klinsmann said Germany would need a "perfect performance" against the Brazilians in what is the biggest test for his team since he took charge following Euro 2004.
Klinsmann said the match in Nuremberg would be "a great experience" for his young side a year ahead of the World Cup finals on home soil.
Both Germany and Brazil will be among the favourites at next year's finals, with many experts already predicting a repeat of the 2002 World Cup final.
Captain Michael Ballack said with the World Cup one year away "it will be a great success if we can lift this trophy".
Klinsmann meanwhile dismissed claims that Brazil were suffering from tiredness.
*quote1*"We shouldn't be speaking about a tired Brazil," he said. "All this talk will be getting on their nerves and they will be all the more dangerous.
"They are being criticised at home and that is not very helpful to us. We would prefer it if they were being highly praised."
For Germany, Ballack will return after he was rested against Argentina. Midfielder Bernd Schneider, who took over the captaincy in the 2-2 draw on Tuesday before being substituted at half-time, will also start, Klinsmann confirmed.
Schneider could be asked to slot into the left-side of midfield to replace the suspended Bastian Schweinsteiger, but the coach left it open. "He is a player who can play anywhere," he said.
Klinsmann also pronounced 20-year-old Lukas Podolski, who had taken a knock on the calf, as fit again, but would not reveal if the Cologne striker would play from the beginning.
"He is healthy, fit and eager to play but we will have to see whether he starts the game or comes off the bench," Klinsmann said.
"We know it will be a very difficult game. With Brazil, when it comes down to it they can pick up a gear or two. We must put in a perfect performance. Everything has to fit together on the day.
"Ronaldinho, Robinho, Kaka, Adriano, never mind all the others, only need a couple of moves and they've got you checkmate. Our respect for the Brazilians is great."
Ballack said the Germans would try to take the match to the Brazilians and play an aggressive game as they did in a friendly match last September in Berlin which finished 1-1.
"Brazil only won four points (in their group) but in each game they were dominant and had a number of good chances in every game," he said.
"They have excellent individual players and it will be very hard to prevent them having one or two good chances. It is up to us to keep them to a minimum."
Ballack added: "The team wants to get to the final and is going into the game with self-belief. We know that we have a difficult task but we are well prepared."
Subject: German news