LOEW HOPES FOR BETTER YEAR
The under pressure Germany manager Joachim Loew has said that he is hoping that the German national team finally end the disappointing year on a high when they take on Netherlands. Germany have endured a disappointing 2012 after they lost out on the semifinals of the Euro 2012, while they were recently guilty of squandering a four goal advantage in the group match against Sweden. As a result, it has increased the pressure on the manager Joachim Loew, who was once hailed as the untouchable. Germany, however, have been successful against Netherlands in recent seasons.
They will be looking for the third win against the Dutch, who come into this match in decent form. More than the Euro 2012 loss, Joachim Loew has been severely haunted by the match against Sweden. After seemingly getting an unassailable 4-0 advantage of the match, Germany managed to surrender the lead and draw the match 4-4. Due to the fact that Germany will also be without a number of high profile players like Bastian Schweinsteiger and Miroslav Klose for this match, it is expected to be extremely even this time around. Joachim Loew has called for the players to produce a good performance and end the season on a high.
“We want to finish the year on a good note, and win over our fans with a good performance,” said the Germany manager ahead of this match. “Germany is definitely under pressure after the 4-4 against Sweden. They are desperate to restore some pride,” said the Dutch national team star player Arjen Robben. Following this match, Germany will be playing against France in the friendly match. The 4-4 draw with Sweden has thrown this group wide open as of now, but Germany are expected to qualify comfortably when the World Cup qualifying campaign concludes next season.