Germany to stick with attacking football
BERLIN, June 29: Germany will maintain their commitment to an attacking style in tomorrow's World Cup quarter-final despite the formidable challenge presented by Argentina, coach Juergen Klinsmann said.
Klinsmann had warm praise for his Argentina counterpart Jose Pekerman on the eve of the Berlin meeting but the coach also had his eye on Germany's place in World Cup history as he spoke of his preparations.
''Germany is a footballing nation,'' he said at a news conference today. ''We have won the World Cup three times and the European Championship three times. It's natural for us to have reaching the final again as our goal.
''I have great respect for Pekerman and his school of football. They've played together many years and honed their style.
''But we won't alter our plan to counter Argentina's style of play. It must be the other way round.'' Germany have reached the final seven times, winning three and losing four, including a 3-2 defeat by Argentina in 1986 in Mexico.
They gained revenge when they beat Argentina in the final four years later, with Klinsmann in the team.
''We're one of the favourites again now and that in itself is an honour for me,'' the 41-year-old former striker said. ''We will continue playing fast football with an accent on attack and show 100 percent commitment.'' Germany have scored 10 goals and conceded just two in reaching the last eight, with striker Miroslav Klose leading the tournament with four goals.