World Cup 2018: Khedira wants ‘schoolboys’ Germany to play like warriors

first_imgGermany midfielder Sami Khedira has urged his teammates to make a complete transformation for their next World Cup match against Sweden after they lost the campaign opener against Mexico.The 1-0 loss against the North American side has put France’s hopes of reaching the knockout stage in balance.Khedira said Germany will need to transform from a “schoolboy” team to a fighting unit if they hope to progress to the last 16 of the tournament.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThey must now beat the Swedes, who have three points, on Saturday as any other result could potentially see them eliminated. Germany play South Korea in their last group game.”Even if we change the complete team now, if we play with the same attitude and the same intensity then we will have problems,” Khedira told reporters.”We have to be more compact in every part of our team. We have to play smarter.”The Germans, far too passive, were caught napping by the quick Mexicans, who scored a first-half winner after a fine counter-attack and whose coach Juan Carlos Osorio had outlined this exact strategy to the media a day before the game.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”We played like schoolboys,” Khedira said. “We were caught out. This is something that can be changed.”Several team discussions have taken place since but Khedira said they were not playing the blame game.”The atmosphere was tense but not bad (in those discussions),” he said. “We did not blame each other. We tried to analyse things together and what we need to improve. We did not point any fingers. We need to be 11 warriors on the pitch.”advertisement(With Reuters inputs)last_img

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