Loew: We have to force Spain to make mistakes

08:06, July 08, 2010      

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Germany looked a confident squad when they trained ahead of their semi final clash against Spain.

The fixture takes place in Pretoria and despite seeing his team destroy England and Argentina, Mannschaft manager Joachim Loew believes Spain will be a different animal to their previous opponents.

Germany have surprised many in South Africa. The largely young and inexperienced team has put in a series of dazzling displays, scoring four goals in three out of their five matches, including a 4-1 result against England and then thumping Argentina 4-0.

The results so far have pleased coach Joachim Loew who was under pressure coming into the finals. But he thinks they will find the going a lot tougher in Durban on Wednesday against Spain - the team who beat them 1-0 in the final of the UEFA European Championships in Vienna two years ago.

Spain advanced to its first-ever World Cup semi-final after beating Paraguay 1-0. But Coach Vicente del Bosque wouldn't be drawn on how he plans to beat Germany.

Spain coach Vincente Del Bosque said, "I don't think it is time to talk about the key for facing Germany. I think we should be, or try to be, true to our style of play. In the competitive spirit that we have shown in this tournament, we should ask for a little more consistency. But apart from that, I think we have done things very well up to now."

Joachim Loew said, "Spain do not have one Messi they have several Messi's - especially as their offensive department is concerned, they have a number of players who can decide any game. I think unlike Argentina or England, Spain make very very few mistakes - we have to force them to make mistakes because they will not commit any by themselves."

Spain will be Germany's toughest test yet and Loew paid tribute to the physical condition of his team which has allowed them to steamroller sides. They will need all of their stamina if Spain start to play the kind of football they are capable of.

Source: CNTV

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