WC Qual - UEFA
September 7, 2012
Germany v Faroe Islands: Preview
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||3.7||0.0|
|Goals against *||1.7||4.5|
|Last 5 home||W-D-W||L-L|
|Last 5 away||W-W-W||L-L|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Germany | Faroe Islands|
|9/6||H: Austria||6/7||A: Ireland|
|9/10||A: Faroe Islands||6/11||A: Sweden|
|10/11||H: Ireland||9/6||A: Kazakhstan|
|10/15||A: Sweden||9/10||H: Germany|
Germany captain Philipp Lahm is confident the team will put on a good show in Hannover tomorrow night when they begin their World Cup qualifying campaign against Group C minnows the Faroe Islands.
Joachim Low's side are the favourites to top a pool which also contains Kazakhstan, Austria, Sweden and the Republic of Ireland.
They looked in dominant form at the European Championships over the summer as they progressed smoothly to the semi-finals.
However, the wheels then came off against a stubborn Italy side prompting Low and his staff to go back to the drawing board.
A 3-1 defeat to Argentina last month did little to convince fans lessons have been learnt, but Lahm insists the team has improved and now wants one thing and one thing only - to win the World Cup.
"Against Italy we made tactical errors,'' said the Bayern Munich defender in a press conference. "Now we have two years to improve ourselves.
"We're having a lot of fun working together as a team, and there are some impressive qualities within the team.
"We have a new qualifying campaign and that will take us forward.
"The team is hungry, we want to give the fans something back for their great support. The Faroe Islands are a compact opponent but we can put on a good show.
"Our aim can no longer be to reach the quarter-finals of a tournament. It is a long, hard road ahead of us, and there are no guarantees, but we want to win the title.''
Low has one absentee in Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos, who is suffering from a pelvic injury.
Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan could be given a place in the starting line-up as a result.
The Faroe Islands are traditionally seen as the whipping boys in any qualifying campaign, but gave an impressive account of themselves during the build-up to Euro 2012.
Despite finishing at the bottom of Group C, they held Northern Ireland to a 1-1 draw at home before enjoying a shock 2-0 victory over Estonia.
They are not expected to pick up anything other than a heavy defeat in Germany however, yet coach Lars Olsen is hopeful they can give a performance to be proud of.
"We know this is an incredibly strong team we are meeting in the opening round of qualification,'' said the former Denmark international
"Germany are one of the best sides in the world, but we will do our best to play the ball and stand up and defend.''
Bogi Lokin has been ruled out of the match for the Faroese with a knee injury. Kaj Leo i Bartalsstovu is set to take his place in midfield.