Germany vs Scotland: Scots don't play British way, says Joachim Löw


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Gordon Strachan is not the only manager talking up Scotland's chances against the world champions in Dortmund. The Germany manager, Joachim Löw, believes Scotland will pose a serious threat in today's European Championship qualifier because they are on form and "have nothing to lose".

"Scotland have had no problems in their preparations," said Löw. "They have a British mentality but they don't play with a British style these days. They try to play good football but are still very well organised."

Germany have encountered problems in their preparations. The team that won the World Cup final against Argentina on 13 July will be much changed because of retirement and injury. They also go into the match against Scotland on the back of a 4-2 defeat in "friendly" re-enactment of the World Cup final at home to Argentina. Meanwhile, after an unbeaten run of six games since last September, Scotland are on form and Strachan has said he was confident that his players would not be overawed.

"They have quality players and have nothing to lose in this match so will play with no fear," added Löw. "We know all about them and their biggest strength is that they are a team. They have good players like [Steven] Naismith, [Shaun] Maloney and [Ikechi] Anya.

"Darren Fletcher is the best known player and the most experienced. They will be motivated and will run a lot. They are also very good in one-on-one. It will be difficult for us."

World Cup winners Miroslav Klose, Philipp Lahm and Per Mertesacker have retired from international duty while Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Özil, Mats Hummels, Sami Khedira and Julian Draxler are outof today's match because of injury. Those absences appeared to take their toll on Wednesday when Germany capitulated against their World Cup final opponents in Düsseldorf.

Löw, who confirmed that defender Jérôme Boateng will return after injury, played the defeat down, saying: "Yes, there were a few mistakes, but we weren't really that bad.

"It was more about concentration problems and at this level if you make mistakes you will be punished.

"After every tournament you always have to replace players. We have to always look to the future.

"We have to deal with the situation and with the players who have had knocks. But now the players are focused and concentrated," he said.