Friday 21 October 2016

German manager Joachim Löw: We'll be going for a win in Dublin

German manager Joachim Löw
German manager Joachim Löw

A dreary 0-0 draw against Ireland in Dublin in their penultimate qualifier was enough to secure a place in the finals for Germany for Euro 2008.

And while a point away to Ireland next month with guarantee automatic qualification for the Germans, their boss has promised that a draw is not part of his plans, Germany keen to not only seal qualification but also top spot in the group with a win away to Ireland.

"We're in a very, very good position, so even a draw in Ireland would be enough for us, but we never go into a game with that attitude. We want to win in Ireland and qualify in style," said German manager Joachim Löw., his side still on a high from Monday's classy 3-2 win away to Scotland.

While the Germans have recovered from a slow start to the group to reclaim top spot in Group D from Poland, there is some concern over their defensive record as Löw's side have conceded three goals in the last two games (although they did win both).

"There's no need to overreact to one game," he said of the two Scottish goals in Glasgow.

"It was hard because we were playing a side who would have eight or nine players behind the ball, but for the most part, we had the game under control.

"Both goals came from set-pieces, but from open play we didn't allow them any chances.

"Our aim for the week was to win both games, which we managed and in doing so took a huge step towards qualifying, so I'm satisfied," he added.

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