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Germany Focus On Northern Ireland


muller seasonGermany coach Joachim Loew wants the ‘same again’ for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland following his side’s demolition of the Czech Republic.

Thomas Mueller scored twice and Toni Kroos also netted as Germany dominated the Czechs 3-0 on Saturday night.

It was an impressive display from the hosts in Hamburg and the scoreline could have been much higher as Julian Draxler, Mario Goetze and Mueller all missed clear chances.

Defenders Jerome Boateng and Jonas Hector suffered knocks, but Loew hopes the pair will be fit to face the Irish.

“Jerome took a knock, Jonas has a slight muscular problem,” said Loew, who “assumes that (neither) is not quite so bad”.

Germany’s head coach now wants a repeat performance against Northern Ireland in Hanover to preserve their perfect record and stay top of Group C.

“We need the same determination, the same amount of running and the same precision in our passes,” said Loew.

Loew expects the Irish, who beat minnows San Marino 4-0 in Belfast on Saturday, to be “even more cautious” than the Czechs.

“They (the Czechs) tried to interfere with our game, at least early on, and so we have to put in exactly the same sort of display to be successful,” said Loew.

“You could see after an hour that we had run our opponents ragged.”

The 56-year-old said he was pleased to see the likes of Mueller and Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Goetze, who was playing up front with Mario Gomez injured, attacking deep in the box.

Loew said he was happy with the constant pressure his side exerted on the Czech goal to combat the visitors’ dogged defence.

He expects the Irish to defend just as deep.


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