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Germany serious about Kazakh test

German team manager Oliver Bierhoff says the team will be taking no chances when they welcome Kazakhstan to Nuremberg on Tuesday.

The Germans line up against the Kazakhstan for the second time in four days in European World Cup qualifying Group C, after beating them 3-0 in Astana on Friday.

Germany remain unbeaten on top of the group after five games, while Kazakhstan are still searching for their first win in qualifying.

But Bierhoff is taking nothing for granted.

“We are taking this game in Nuremberg very seriously,” he said. “We want to continue where we left off.

“Sweden dropped points, as we hoped, so we have a little advantage now. We don’t want to risk that smaller teams steal bigger teams’ points.

“The supporters in Nuremberg will welcome us probably in a very kind way and we want to play good football for them.”

Midfielder Mesut Oezil echoed the comments of Bierhoff but also spoke of the team’s confidence and quality.

“We want to win for sure. We know it will be hard, because they play in a compact way,” said Oezil.

“But we proved in Kazakhstan what we are able to do. We want play like our manager asks us to.”

Fellow midfielder Marco Reus also insisted his team-mates must focus on themselves and not their opponents.

“Obviously we look at the style of play of our opponent but we have so much quality in our team so that we can and should focus on ourselves,” he said.

“So we should concentrate on our quality to play the game.”

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder added that the plan is to score early and heap pressure on the visitors.

“Like in the first match (on Friday) we want to score early and keep on playing our football,” he said.

“In the first leg we played well, had good combinations and missed some chances. We need to enjoy the game and bring our joy on to the pitch then we will be in a good way.”

Mon 25 Mar, 2013
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