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Friday 9 December 2016

Weary Scots are like wounded animal, warns Germany boss Joachim Low

Germany coach Joachim Low
Germany coach Joachim Low

Joachim Low claims Scotland's defeat to Georgia will only increase their threat to Germany in their crucial Euro 2016 qualifier at Hampden Park tonight.

An unexpected 1-0 defeat in Tbilisi on Friday night left the Scots in fourth place in Group D, a point behind the Republic of Ireland, as the world champions leapfrogged opponents Poland into top place with a 3-1 home win.

The Germany boss, speaking at the pre-match press conference in a Glasgow hotel, looked forward to his first appearance at the national stadium where he expects Gordon Strachan's side to be determined to make up for the Georgian disappointment.

"Going to Hampden is a first for me," said Low, speaking through an interpreter.

"I haven't been fortunate enough to go there as a player or coach.

"I'm looking forward to it, with the unique atmosphere, pride and passion of not just the Scottish players but the Scottish public.

"I don't think Scotland losing to Georgia will be of any advantage to us, not in the least. That won't do their fighting spirit or passion any damage at all.

"Whenever they are up against elite opponents, Germany, England or other big-time opposition, they give everything they've got from the first minute to the last.

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"The crowd will get behind their team as one man especially as Scotland are fighting their last chance in many eyes."

"They have fallen behind Poland and Ireland, but they will give everything they have got.

"As far as my own team is concerned, we came away from the Poland game with no problems or injuries."

Meanwhile, Scotland manager Gordon Strachan insists Friday's hold-up in Georgia has had no effect on preparations.

Strachan's squad had to wait in the airport for three hours until their plane turned up, with the players and officials arriving back in Glasgow at 6am on Saturday.

After training at the national stadium, the Scotland boss was adamant that his plans to take on the world champions had been unaffected.

"It had no impact on the schedule whatsoever in terms of our training and preparation for this game," he said.

If preparations remained intact, hopes of qualification for France next summer suffered took a blow against the Georgians.

However, Strachan claimed any residual anger about the performance dissipated in those scheduled training sessions.

The former Scotland midfielder said: "We trained and (players) got rid of their anger at not playing, angry at the way they played - anything they were angry about, they got it out (on Saturday), which was good."

 

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