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UPDATED: 08:49, July 05, 2006
Klinsmann promises good show in 3rd place play-off
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Germany head coach Juergen Klinsmann said on Tuesday that his team will overcome the disappointment about the semifinal loss to Italy and try their best to put up a good performance in the World Cup third place play-off on Saturday.

The hosts' dream of winning the world title on home soil was smashed as Klinsmann's side were eliminated 2-0 by Italy in the last two minutes of the extra time.

Klinsmann, who won the World Cup in 1990 as a player, said it was a bitter pill for them to swallow to lose the game.

He told reporters at a press conference: "We are disappointed. No doubt. That's bitter, but we will have to swallow the bitter pill.

"But we will give supporters a good performance in the game for the third place on Saturday. We will give the supporters something to cheer about."

Despite the defeat, Klinsmann was full of praise for his players.

"They had remarkable performance in the tournament," he said. " They played very positive and attacking football. They should be proud of that.

"They all have big dreams and have been waiting for the final in Berlin on July 9. Unfortunately, the dream didnot come true. The whole country has expected us to make the final but we narrowly missed it. It takes time for every one of us to swallow the bitter pill."

He said the German players are very young and have great potential and the country should have every reason to keep optimistic about Germany's football.

"The most important issue is that in the last two years, they have showed enormous potential, so this is the reason to make us optimistic and confident.

"We have to go on and we should not be afraid of the future. Some the players have made their name in this World Cup and will sure attract the interest from major clubs around the world."

Germany edged past Argentina in the quarterfinals after a thrilling penalty shootout, but Klinsmann said that he did not think of another penalty shootout in the game.

"No, not at all," he said. "We tried our best to win the match in regular time and we were close to that. I never think of the penalties coming into a game."

Germany will vie for the third place against loser of another semifinal match between Portugal and France in Munich on Wednesday.

Source: Xinhua

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