Germany sports chief predicts tough clash with Sweden

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Sochi (Russia), June 20 (IANS) Oliver Bierhoff, sporting director for the German football federation, DFB said on Wednesday that his country’s upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup match against Sweden looks to be a tough game.

Bierhoff acknowledged that defending champion Germany is under a great deal of pressure to win Saturday’s game, after losing to Mexico 1-0 in the opening match of Group F on June 17, reports Efe.

“We are going to have to be patient to avoid surprises,” he said.

“There were debates and everyone knows the responsibility that they have, there is a certain tranquility, and we are aware of our own strengths,” he added.

Bierhoff denied that there were divisions between Germany’s veteran players and younger teammates and stressed that match against Sweden would be like a final for the German side.

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“It’s a pity that we arrive at a moment of decision so soon, but we have to handle this situation,” he explained.

Germany is to take on Sweden, which beat South Korea 1-0 in their opening match on Saturday.

–IANS

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