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Germany News: Neuer sends out rallying call

8 months ago

In the latest Germany news, captain Manuel Neuer says the defending champions are involved in “finals” for the rest of the 2018 World Cup after their shock defeat to Mexico.

Germany, who are 8/1 with totesport to successfully defend their title, made a disappointing start to their World Cup campaign on Sunday as they went down 1-0 to Mexico.

Joachim Low’s men were nowhere near their best throughout the 90 minutes and, after Sweden’s 1-0 win over South Korea in the other Group F clash, Die Mannschaft are sitting bottom.

Changes are expected to Germany’s starting 11 for the crucial game against the Swedes on Saturday, with Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt, Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus and Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan all hoping to be handed an opportunity to shine.

Stuttgart striker Mario Gomez could also be preferred up front to RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, who endured a frustrating game last time out, while Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka is another that could be given a start.

Another defeat for the defending champions, coupled with a Mexico win over the South Koreans, would send Low’s men home early in a shock elimination.

Bayern Munich shot-stopper Neuer, who has only just recovered his fitness following a foot injury, knows just how important the remaining games are but remains confident his side will go far in the tournament.

“From now on, we only have finals. The players have to show what they can do but I am convinced that we can do it,” he said at the German team hotel. “Complaining about what happened doesn’t change anything, we all know that.

“We have to try to put this behind us as quickly as possible.”

Germany are 4/11 favourites with totesport to pick up all three points on Saturday, a draw is priced at 4/1 while Sweden are the 8/1 outsiders to cause a huge upset.