The champions of the world would rather avoid a penalty shoot-out this Sunday, facing Chile in the final of the Confederations Cup.
In repelling the three attempts of Portugal on Wednesday evening (Nani, Moutinho, Quaresma), the goalkeeper of chile Claudio Bravo has marked the spirits. To the point of attracting the attention of Joachim Löw, the germany coach, who acknowledged Saturday that he would prefer to avoid going to the shootout this Sunday, facing Chile in the final of the Confederations Cup.
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“Claudio Bravo seems to be a killer on penalty kicks, but we also have great players here. We will try to avoid the shootout, but we’re not afraid of it”, said Joachim Löw in a press conference.
If he is aware that a success would send a strong message, Joachim Löw, don’t forget the main objective, which remains the World 2018, where Germany is set to defend his title. “It is sure that the country is earned by a certain euphoria, which didn’t really exist a month ago”, he recognized, before specifying. “It is a good basis but the world Cup is the most important tournament. As I often say, it is necessary to calibrate on the Messi, Ronaldo, Toni Kroos, etc… The World is the tournament more difficult. The other tournaments are important for the progression of the players, for the confidence also. This promotes competition in the group.”
The technician German is delighted, however, to have a pool exceptional to have a bench always competitive : “The quality of a team is seen on the bench. It is good that we have this. But he remains twelve months. So the European Championship U21, and the Confederations Cup today have little meaning.”