|(World Cup qualifiers) Germans feeling good against Irish
Coach Joachim Loew has said he wants Germany to be “greedy'' against the Republic of Ireland in tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier to finally secure their Brazil 2014 berth.
“We're greedy, we want to win the game before a home crowd and secure our qualification,'' said Loew ahead of the Cologne international. “I have fond memories of the compact Cologne stadium and we want to qualify as group winners without questions or discussions. “I have a good feeling about Friday.''
Germany are five points clear in Group C, needing just a point in Cologne to guarantee their place at next June's World Cup and Loew's side thrashed the Irish 6-1 in Dublin in last October's qualifier.
Ireland are fourth in the group under caretaker manager Noel King. Republic captain Robbie Keane is an injury concern.
The Germans are eager to wrap up their qualification at home ahead of Tuesday's final qualifier away to Sweden in Stockholm.
Germany will be without injured winger Marco Reus and striker Miroslav Klose, who scored three of the six goals in Dublin between them.
Untested 25-year-old Max Kruse of Borussia Moenchengladbach is set to make only his sixth appearance as a lone striker.—AFP