Germany 4 Greece 2: ‘Cheeky’ team selection paid off, says Löw
Germany boss Joachim Löw claims his “unpredictable” team selection was a factor in his side's quarter-final win over Greece
Joachim Löw believes his “unpredictable” team selection was a factor behind Germany’s quarter-final victory over Greece.
The Germany coach raised eyebrows when he opted to drop three-goal Mario Gomez to the bench in favour of Miroslav Klose for Friday’s Euro 2012 showdown.
Goals from Philipp Lahm, Sami Khedira, Klose and Marco Reus sealed a 4-2 victory for Löw’s men to set up a semi-final showdown with either England or Italy.
And the Germany boss felt he needed to rotate his line-up to keep 2004 winners Greece guessing.
“After three wins here, I wasn’t dissatisfied with my team in the slightest, but I had been planning on making the changes to the line-up for a while,” he said.
“I thought we had to be unpredictable against Greece, because I felt they would be ready for us. It is good to be cheeky like that from time to time. I thought the plan worked out quite well.
“Looking ahead, I think the four teams in the semi-finals will be serious contenders for the title. We know from now on games of this magnitude are decided by small details, and we can’t allow a single mistake.”
Löw was thrilled with his side’s performance as they maintained their 100 per cent record in Poland and Ukraine and insisted his side were deserved winners on Friday.
“I would like to say it was a fantastic performance from our team,” he added.
“For the fourth time in a row, we have qualified for the semi-final of a major tournament. Nobody thought we could have done that back in 2004.
“We have won 15 games in a row. We are the youngest team at this tournament and have great prospects for the future. I am proud of my players. We absolutely deserved to win tonight.”