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Neuer calls for defensive boost

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer believes coach Joachim Loew needs to strengthen the German defence.

The Euro 2012 semi-finalists have made a perfect start to their World Cup qualifying campaign with two wins from two, yet, despite only conceding once, the Bayern Munich custodian thinks Germany could improve defensively.

“We have to concentrate more, that is very important. We have got many great attacking players, but we cannot disregard the defence,” he told TZ in an interview.

“In my opinion it is important to have a stable defence. Klose is the best example. His defensive qualities as a striker are outstanding.”

The 26-year-old then went on to dismiss the claim made by club and international team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger, who hinted that not every player put in his best effort during Euro 2012, before revealing the nature of the intense competition.

“I did not see one man after the loss against Italy who was happy to go home. We were a unit,” he said.

“No one can rest. The competition is strong in our team. Everyone has to work hard to gain his place in the starting 11.”

Fri 12 October, 2012
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