- Title: Germany's Loew to rotate against Chile with 100th win in sight
- Date: 21st June 2017
- Summary: KAZAN, RUSSIA (JUNE 21, 2017) (REUTERS) GERMAN TEAM WALKING INTO KAZAN ARENA PITCH VARIOUS OF GERMAN TEAM COACH, JOACHIM LOEW, WITH HIS SQUAD ON PITCH PLAYERS STRETCHING NEAR GOAL POST PLAYERS JOGGING ACROSS FIELD LOEW KICKING BALL KEEPER MARC-ANDRE TER STEGEN KICKING BALL PLAYERS JOGGING TER STEGEN TRAINING VARIOUS OF TEAM STRETCHING PLAYERS APPROACHING TEAM PLAYERS WALKING ACROSS PITCH VARIOUS OF PLAYERS EXERCISING LOEW APPROACHING TEAM KICKING BALL TRAINING ON PITCH UNDERWAY LOEW LOOKING AS PLAYERS TRAIN LOEW WALKING IN FOR NEWS CONFERENCE MEDIA NEWS CONFERENCE UNDERWAY (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN TEAM COACH, JOACHIM LOEW, SAYING: "I think this morning I read it in the press 99 victories, I think the 100th international victory will be very important for me. I will certainly celebrate that whenever it happens, it is bound to happen. But quite honestly, statistics are not something that I think about too much. If you can celebrate 100 victories it is better to celebrate that than 100 defeats, obviously!" SIGN ON BOARD READING (English): 'FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP RUSSIA 2017' (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN TEAM COACH, JOACHIM LOEW, SAYING (ASKED ABOUT INTERNATIONAL INEXPERIENCE OF TEAM HURTING CHANCES OF CONTAINING A TEAM LIKE CHILE): "What will certainly be the case is that after this match we will have that experience and some of those players will have to have that experience to play at this kind of level, against a team like the Chile team. That will be very, very important for the development of the players. I hope that we will be able to prevail tomorrow, because what we have to try to do is to use the opportunity that we have to attack." MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN TEAM MIDFIELDER, EMRE CAN, SAYING: "I have read a lot about Germany and Chile being amongst the top favourites for the tournament. We have a very young squad, we haven't played all that often together and of course that is why people put Chile slightly ahead. But at the end of the day, it is what happens on the pitch that matters tomorrow. And we will see, we will see who will actually live up to that term of being a favourite." NEWS CONFERENCE UNDERWAY (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN TEAM MIDFIELDER, EMRE CAN, SAYING: "Of course, Australia also has a strong team, but I think, with all due respect to the other two teams, I think Chile is the most important team in this group. And we were well aware of this before this tournament and that has certainly helped focus minds ahead of the match tomorrow and the media tension goes to show for it too." CAN LEAVING AT END OF NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 5th July 2017 18:30
- Keywords: Russia Confederations Cup Germany v Chile Joachim Loew Emre Can
- Location: KAZAN, RUSSIA
- City: KAZAN, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016M80Y0V
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- Story Text: Germany coach Joachim Loew has promised to rotate his players against Chile on Thursday (June 22) in their second Confederations Cup Group B match, as he eyes his 100th victory in charge of the World Cup winners.
Loew, who has 99 wins from 148 matches as Germany coach, said his side, who beat Australia 3-2 in their opener, should expect Chile to be a much tougher opponent than the Asian champions.
Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday (June 21) ahead of the game in Russia's Kazan, Loew said the game against Chile was important for the development of his young players.
Loew has left several key players, including Manuel Neuer, Thomas Mueller and Mats Hummels at home to give them a longer summer break as he looks ahead to their World Cup title defence next year and he is eager to give younger players tournament experience.
Among those set to start on Thursday will be keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Loew said. He will replace Bernd Leno who made several mistakes in their group opener, including gifting Australia their second goal after he spilled the ball in the box.
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