Jan Kozak’s side take on the world champions in the last 16 of Euro 2016 in Lille, less than a month after they won 3-1 in a friendly encounter in Augsburg.
“Basti is in good condition, he is getting better each week and he’s slowly getting to the level where he can help us from the start”, said Germany’s assistant coach Marcus Sorg. “Against teams who want to take us on, Germany can win by a lot”. “We can not miss so many chances again because we simply won’t have that many anymore”, warned Loew at a press conference on Saturday ahead of the game at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
Letting in a first goal inside eight minutes had left his side with too much to do, he added.
Germany, eyeing a fourth continental title, have so far yet to hit top form, having managed just one goal in their last two Group C matches despite myriad chances.
Pekarik added: “From what I’ve seen, the conditions will be very good tomorrow; compared to the match we played against Russian Federation here”. “We just have to impose our game and play with the emotions we showed today”. Jerome Boateng, Mario Gomez and Julian Draxler each found the net in a convincing, dominant 3-0 win.
They expect Slovakia (below against England ) to frustrate them on a newly-laid pitch in Lille on Sunday.
Confident progression was assured so Low made changes, taking off scorers Boateng and Draxler as well as Sami Khedira.
They will face their stiffest challenge yet in the quarter-finals against one of Spain or Italy, but based on Sunday’s performance, they’re ready to rule again.
Should Germany beat Slovakia on Sunday, they will take on the victor of Spain versus Italy in the quarterfinals, and Neuer believes that Joachim Low’s men can only win fans over in those games.
Germany’s Jerome Boateng celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s first goal during the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between Germany and Slovakia, at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve d’Ascq, near Lille, France, on June 26, 2016.
This is Germany’s best defensive ever start at the Euros.
Although Gomez scored the victor against Northern Ireland he is in the team for more than that.
Although he has covered more ground than most of his teammates, it came as no surprise he was replaced by Schweinsteiger in the second half of the 1-0 win over Northern Ireland.
Boateng opened his account eight minutes into his 63rd global appearance and Joachim Loew’s side never looked back against outclassed opponents. “They showed so much quality, it was hard to do anything about it”.
Italy and Spain – you have been warned.
“That’s why there now is no euphoria”, he said, adding that only “a win by a high margin” could be an “initial spark” against Slovakia.
Slovakia defender Peter Pekarik of Hertha Berlin will play with a carbon mask after fracturing his nose against England.