Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Step Up or Step Down...

"I don't care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don't harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you're never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants"~ Zig Ziglar

I told Uncle Lee I missed Michael Ballack for this WC2010 - age is catching up so his years playing internationally would be numbered. Alas, Germany beat Ozzie 4 - Nil. Impressive but even without Ballack? Ish, ish ish, how could they!?

Angela Merkel's Germany memang Boleh! Read what seriously handsome Joachim Yogi Low (according to my handsomo-meter, one is handsome when one has a serious look - ;P) said about his anak buah lived up to the mark required of them. Unlike here in this Motherland, even Pak Ketua flip-flopping on many important issues. So, what do you expect from his half-past-six, half-baked [kitchen] cabinet?

"In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed - they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? - the cuckoo clock"~ Graham Greene & Orson Wells, The Third Man, movie

Germany coach Joachim Low says his side are not feeling the absence of injured midfielder Michael Ballack.

Ballack was ruled out of the World Cup shortly before the tournament was due to start and at the time it was seen as a major blow to Germany's chances.

However, Low's men thrashed Australia 4-0 in their opening game and put in a performance that sent out warning signs to their rivals.

Low insists that Ballack is still a quality player, but was delighted with the way his team coped without him.

He said: "With Ballack missing, I had to look for a solution. I was lucky that more and more players stepped up to the mark.

"With Sami Khedira, you can draw a parallel between him and a young Ballack. It seems up to now we have dealt with his absence fairly well.

"Michael Ballack was an important player who has immense experience.

"Space distribution is the key to good football. It's no use if players are clustered together.

"I would like to see offensive football, combination play and a certain culture. Combination play is not something you are born with, it has to be practised on the training pitch."

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