Germany coach Joachim Loew has a lot of work to do heading into Sunday’s Euro 2008 final but he can be confident that if all else fails the team’s physical and mental strength can still get them out of trouble.
“We’ve got a victor’s mentality and want to win the title,” said Loew. “We didn’t do what usually makes us strong, which is passing forward. We started kicking high balls forward instead and the Turks were able to stop that.
“It was an open match, going back and forth without any clear structure, but the team showed great morale to come back.”
“After coming so far we obviously want to win and we’re going to bring our winning mentality into the final,” Loew said of Germany’s prospects of winning a fourth European Championship in Vienna against Russia or Spain.
Loew’s task will be to ensure they play with none of the casualness that marked their performance against Turkey, particularly in the first half.
“We know we didn’t play well,” said captain Michael Ballack. “It was a real fighting game but on a technical level it wasn’t very good.
Their play-maker Bastian Schweinsteiger said his side were well below-par against Turkey, compared to their 3-2 quarterfinal win over Portugal.
Need to improve: Klose
Striker Miroslav Klose said the three-times European champions must raise their game if they are going to win the Euro 2008 crown. “We’re near the summit, but it remains to be seen if we can make it to the top,” said the Bayern Munich striker who scored Germany’s second goal with a bullet-like header.
“I think we need to make a bigger effort in the final. The Turks played with real fire, they had real belief.”