After the game, interviews were held with Germany coach Joachim Loew, who praised his side’s achievement over England. Key players like Thomas Muller, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Miroslav Klose were also interviewed, and were quite jubilant about their success. Franz Beckenbauer also spoke out on the win, but I suppose that was to be expected. It wasn’t just the Germans who praised Die Mannschaft for their win, though. English players Matthew Upson and David James also admitted that the Three Lions were second best on the day.
Joachim Loew spoke very positively about his side after the match;
“We put on a magnificent display against a very experienced England side. Tactically we were great. Until 2-0 we were in full control and we could have scored a third. When they scored we had a very difficult period. But in the second half they had to come forward more and we were extremely successful in our counter-attacks. I have to say that today we were dominant over long periods of the game. We were successful in having Klose lure John Terry out of the defence. We knew their two midfielders Gerrard and Lampard get forward to support the attack, so we knew that there would be space. We wanted to force Terry to come out of defence to create spaces between the defenders. I don’t want to single out any player, the win is deserved and every Germany player delivered.”
Franz Beckenbauer, as usual, had a few choice words of his own about the historic World Cup win;
“England were overwhelmed – they just could not come to terms with our style of play. We have taken England apart. We were simply better in every aspect.”
‘The Kaiser’ always seems to throw a little more flame into the fire when it comes to games against England, but it has to be said that his criticism of England, where he spoke of them being a ‘kick and rush’ team that has ‘digressed’ under the leadership of Capello, has all been proved correct after this result. Beckenbauer will surely be delighted about seeing his national side triumph over their rivals and progress into the next round of the World Cup finals.
Matthew Upson and David James also spoke out over their heavy loss to Germany. While they identified that with Lampard’s goal allowed the story may not have ended the same way, they admitted they were not up to snuff against a technically and tactically superior German side.
Upson: “I thought the first goal, the ball took a kind of bizarre sail in the air and carried further than we all anticipated. The second goal was really good movement by them [Germany]. They passed some great one touch balls. All I can say is that you have 11 players go out there and give 100 per cent and we weren’t good enough to get the result. I can’t explain the performances, I don’t think they have been as bad as people are talking about but that’s just my opinion.”
James: “Today unfortunately we were second best for most of the match. They showed a good demonstration in how to play counter-attacking. It hurts as essentially as a squad we have been knocked out a stage in the tournament when we didn’t want to get knocked out. A couple of moments worked against us, but also you have to acknowledge the Germans’ brilliance at counter attack football.”
Germany come away with a wonderful win over their rivals, and advance into the quarter-finals of the World Cup tournament, where they will meet Diego Maradona’s Argentina. Maradona, as a player, won the World Cup against Germany in the 1986 final, when Franz Beckenbauer was the manager of the national side. ‘The Kaiser’ will surely have more to say on the matter as gameday nears.
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