LOW-DOWN ON RUTH­LESS CHAMPS

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

GERMANY coach Joachim Low re­vealed he told his side they need to be “ruth­less” and qual­ify for Rus­sia as quickly as pos­si­ble be­fore yes­ter­day’s match against North­ern Ire­land. “This was a fairly ef­fort­less vic­tory, I have to ad­mit,” said Low. “We took a quick lead and sat back af­ter that. Ire­land de­fended deep, it felt like a 1-9-1 for­ma­tion at times.” But Low re­jected the no­tion that his side are a class apart, es­pe­cially af­ter the dis­ap­point­ment of their semi-fi­nal de­feat to France at Euro 2016. “There have been teams who have man­aged to stop us, but the fact is we have man­aged to reach a level of dom­i­na­tion. We have a great level of vari­abil­ity with play­ers chang­ing po­si­tions to con­found the op­po­si­tion. We have dif­fer­ent play­ers scor­ing goals and we have man­aged to get a lot of depth to our game, plus we have a very set­tled side. We have re­ally worked hard to get this level.”

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