German coach insists team can improve

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:30 PM ET

DURBAN - By the time the final whistle blew on this Aussie debacle, Socceroos goalie Mark Schwarzer probably wanted to seek refuge in the cable car that travels across the top of the spectacular Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The Australian was shellshocked by a German barrage Sunday that featured four goals and a number of misses in a 4-0 victory for the three-time World Cup champions.

It could have been worse for the Aussies. Much worse.

And the scary part is, German coach Joachim Low insists his team can improve.

“We can get better,” Low said. “In terms of closing the space between defence and midfield, we were too defensive But we can be very satisfied, happy and confident with the performance.”

“I am very happy about the performance, we showed some quick passing and good speed. It was very important that we won because we gained a lot of self confidence.

“Our defence was excellent, they performed very well and I was very happy with our counter-attacks.

“It’s always great to see that my team can implement my tactics on the pitch. From beginning to end, Australia was rather defensive and we had to change our attacks.”

Germany’s next game is June 18 against Serbia.

mike.zeisberger@sunmedia.ca


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