Former VN coach predicts 2-1 win for Germany
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The Austrian former head coach of the Vietnamese national football team, Alfred Riedl, predicts that Germany will beat Italy 2-1 in their Euro 2012 semifinal on Thursday in Warsaw, Poland.
Austrian coach Alfred Riedl Photo: Reuters
“The Germans will begin their attack immediately after the opening whistle blows to find goals, rather than extend the match to extra time or the penalty shootout,” he said in an interview with Tuoi Tre.
Riedl said he believes in a victory for Germany as they have more evenly-spread strength than their Italian rivals, and are more confident thanks to their four consecutive wins since the tournament began.
“I appreciate the German midfield force as they know how to put pressure on their opponents,” he said.
“Actually I cannot find a single weakness in Germany,” he admitted, adding, however, that this does not mean there is no chance for Italy.
“We knew how well Italy could play against England at the quarterfinal.
“The victory over England will certainly bring in more confidence for the Italians.
“Moreover, Italy also has superstars that can change the situation such as Mario Balotelli and Cassano,” he said.
Riedl said Italy’s coach, Cesare Prandelli, should know that only when his men are in their best form can they beat Germany.
Commenting on the concern that Balotelli may lose his temper again during the Germany test, the Austrian said the striker seems to know how to control himself.
“I don’t think Balotelli will lose control as he knows this is a big match and he has to prove his ability,” he said.
Asked for his thoughts on Italian playmaker Andrea Pirlo, Riedl said he is a great midfielder model.
“He possesses all the abilities of a world superstar, and though he is 33, what Pirlo has done shows that there is no age barrier.
“He is very professional and will play the main role in the Germany game.”
He said the second semifinal will be a clash between two strong midfield forces.
“The Italian midfielders, led by Pirlo, overplayed those of England at the quarterfinal, but they will encounter astrong force from the Germans in the semi, creating a watch-worthy clash,” he said.