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FIFA U-17 World Cup: German coach demands goals-for-chances ratio improvement

In terms of tactics Brazil play like Europeans and that makes them difficult opponents, says Germany coach Christian Wuck ahead of their FIFA U-17 World Cup quarter-final.

fifa u17 world cup 2017 Updated: Oct 21, 2017 22:04 IST
Dhiman Sarkar
Dhiman Sarkar
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
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Germany’s U-17 coach Christian Wuck has stressed on the need to attack and score more goals as they prepare to take on Brazil in the FIFA U-17 World Cup quarterfinal in Kolkata.(AP)

For Germany to make a match of this quarter-final, they will have to improve their goals-for-chances ratio, said their coach Christian Wuck.

“We scored many goals in the European championships (15 in three games including seven against Republic of Ireland) but here we could not score as many. If we have to make a match of it, we will have to make our chances count.

Against a team like Brazil, chances though will be hard to come by,” said Wuck on Saturday, one day before the FIFA U-17 World Cup quarter-final against Brazil.

Germany’s revamped defence

“We have created some 80-90 chances but got only a handful of goals (9 in four games). We need to show quality on the pitch and have worked on that. In a World Cup, you need to get the best out of the players on the pitch. We didn’t do that against Iran but made changes to our defence and did well after that,” he said.

“Brazil have an excellent team and they also have individual players who are very fast. They are very compact. But the Germans too are very fast. Some of them are already training with or playing for the first team at their clubs. In one or two years, one or two of them will play in the Bundesliga. An important step in their development is playing a World Cup,” said Wuck.

For Wuck, what makes Brazil a difficult team is they have skilful players, but as a team they are ‘European in terms of tactics. That makes them a team not easy to break down. Hopefully, we will find some defects.”

Visit to Victoria Memorial

While Brazil trained in the morning, Germany visited the Victoria Memorial. Speaking about the trip, Wuck said it is important for these teenagers to know about the “beautiful” country that India is and also how fortunate they are to live in Germany.

First Published: Oct 21, 2017 22:03 IST