2: 0 3: 0 4 0? Or a quick peat test like in the first leg? Prior to the compulsory assignment, the result of advice is avoided with the Estonian football dwarf. Director Bierhoff requires three points. Löw's new surety of success knows the solution: to be "relaxed" – not "occasionally".
Dortmund (AP) – Joachim Löw shields himself from the hood from the wind. Flu-recovering Timo Werner also wore a warming cap like returning Ilkay Gündogan and star striker Serge Gnabry, only running to start preparing for the European Championship qualifier in Estonia.
At their last training session in Dortmund, the national football players adapted to the harsh external conditions that await them on Sunday at 21.45 local time (20.45 CEST / RTL) at Tallinn's only national stadium with 15,000 spectators.
The opponent on the course should create small problems. It was only in June that he outscored a totally offensive-oriented DFB team to two successful strikers Reus and Gnabry, Estonian in Mainz 8-0. It was a summer football festival that was a lot of fun.
Although DFB director Oliver Bierhoff was reluctant to re-advertise with a goal scorer on Borussia Dortmund's training ground. But he clearly stated his expectations. Bierhoff said: "The goal is not to doubt it at all. From the first second it needs to be clarified that there is only one result and to collect these three points."
Similarly, the coach formulated his expectations. "We want to win against Estonia and we will win. We want to score points. There is nothing but a goal," Löw said.
2: 0 3: 0 4 0? Or even the top of the first team? Offensive stars Gnabry, Reus and Kai Havertz also did not speculate on the amount of mandatory victory in the bottom of Group C. At a children's press conference at the German Football Museum on the DFB Stand, the trio wandered around like little boys in the audience answering the questions of little fans. "We're all casual, casual," Gnabry said of his inner mood.
On the field, it should be "easy," but not "occasionally," Gnabry said. "We know you must not underestimate your opponent, after you have cracked a nut, scored the first goal, the game opens," believes new top striker Löw.
The national coach's main task will be to create the necessary tension against number 102 on the world rankings. One-way football is expected. "The Estonians will be very defensive," said defender Lukas Klostermann. Bierhoff requires a lot of effort and willingness to run: "You know games can sometimes be funny, the longer you give your opponents to breathe, the worse it gets."
After a "training history" (Löw) in the 2-2 result in the Test against Argentina, the personnel situation relaxed a bit. The Werner striker got involved in training the team after the flu, as did the muscular midfielder Gündogan. The duo are scheduled to sit on a charter plane to Tallinn on Saturday. It misses Berlin defender Niklas Stark: The midfielder, who previously missed his international debut against Argentina due to a gastrointestinal infection, withdrew from training Friday morning, in an injury to his left lower leg, which he had to sew. He's already gone.
After a large load of games in recent weeks, the guaranteed success of Gnabry on Friday ended only a reduced program. The 24-year-old Bayern striker is set to run in Tallinn again. Gnabry is Löw's new offensive spot. But the man with the upper quota – eleven caps, ten goals – is gaining in importance even off the field. "He is an important player who is very communicative and very open-minded and the development is encouraging," Bierhoff said.
The former striker praises Gnabrys attacker quality and efficiency. "As a striker I'm glad he scores, even at the first opportunity," Bierhoff said. "You can tell him: He has confidence, has a sense of space and time, has the right speed and is simply an absolutely positive, good guy, who is good for our team."
With a planned win against the Estonians, who scored their first point in Belarus and released a lot of power, Löw's squad would get even closer to the European Championship ticket. After a 3-1 win over Northern Ireland, the top three in Group C were tied with 12 points each.
With the first place, "we don't expect more," Bierhoff said, facing a lost direct comparison to the Dutch. But second place is enough to participate in EURO 2020. "It's important for us to win the last three games and qualify," Bierhoff said.
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