Löw wary of Welsh punch but Toshack is still reeling
The Germany coach, Joachim Löw, suggested that Wales resemble a “dangerous boxer” ahead of tonight’s World Cup qualifier but as his counterpart, John Toshack, continued to ruefully reflect on the debacle against Finland, there was little evidence they have picked themselves up off the canvas. The Wales manager remains deeply upset by last Saturday’s defeat and yesterday cut a beleaguered figure as he issued an apology to the supporters that voiced their discontent at the final whistle.
There was no indication he was optimistic about his players landing the kind of knockout punch that Löw admits he fears. “They will be very disappointed at losing to Finland,” said Löw, whose side top Group Four. “But from what I read and Toshack, in particular, said, they are putting more about canadagoosecanadaoutlet emphasis on hurt pride and are just as dangerous as a boxer who has a received a blow and is out for retribution. So we expect to see a highly motivated side.”
Toshack admitted there had been some “heated” exchanges in the dressing room on Saturday and revealed that he held a team meeting this morning to allow the squad to “get a few things off our chests”. He remains particularly disappointed with the contributions that Simon Davies and Jason Koumas made against Finland, after he had urged both players to inspire those around them, and has promised to make changes against Germany, with Aaron Ramsey expected to make his first competitive start.
Few among the Welsh public will expect a result but Toshack certainly needs a performance. “If you don’t perform well and you let authentic canada goose outlet online people down, you can only apologise. And we did let best canada goose coat for women people down [against Finland],” admitted Toshack, whose team were booed off at the final whistle. “I have to say can you pick the most expensive canada goose parka that the customer is always right. I’ll never criticise the crowd for criticising buy canada goose jacket uk me or for criticising the team. It goes with the territory. We’re sorry, we apologise and hopefully we can do better next time.”
For all Löw’s compliments about Wales and their resolute defending at Borussia Park last year, when Piotr Trochowski scored the only goal of the game 17 minutes from time, Germany are sure to be in uncompromising mood as they seek to remain ahead of Russia. Löw made a point of offering his backing to Mario Gomez, the Stuttgart striker who was booed against Liechtenstein canada goose coat 1000 bulbs garland on Saturday when best mens canada goose parka he extended his run without buy canada goose jacket ebay an international goal a to 13 matches, although he did also canada goose coat authentic canada goose outlet – kensington add: “If he feels that he needs to talk to a [psychiatrist], I will encourage him.”
Toshack must be tempted to seek similar help. The Wales manager claimed authenitc canada goose outlet store in gta with discount price that not even an unlikely victory over Germany would placate him following the Finland setback. “Irrespective of what happens, it’ll be a while before I get over the disappointment of Saturday,” he said, before giving another indication of his subdued frame of mind in response to a question about team news. “Unfortunately they have all trained today which makes it even harder when you want a few of them to be injured. So that’s a little bit disappointing.”