Neuer 'could be midfield general'

Germany boss Joachim Low claims goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is so technically good he could even play in midfield.

Last Updated: 04/07/14 at 08:24 Post Comment

Manuel Neuer: His ball skills has been praised

Manuel Neuer: His ball skills has been praised

Neuer played a key role against Algeria, often operating as a sweeper a long way outside of his area, and his skills could be vital when Germany meet France in the World Cup quarter-final in the Maracana on Friday.

Low said: "If a team tries to play high the way we did against USA and Algeria the keeper cannot just stay in his box.

"Manuel Neuer has the same technical skills as the others, he could play in the midfield, he also has great awareness and that's why we are happy for him to take these risks, and that's why he's so valuable.

"He can basically be a player behind the defence."

Low confirmed that defender Mats Hummels is available after an illness and the Borussia Dortmund centre-back is expected to return with right-back Shkodran Mustafi out injured.

The only uncertainty is whether Philipp Lahm plays as right-back or as a holding midfielder.

The quarter-final will see France's unhappy history against Germany highlighted once more.

Not since 1958 have France emerged victorious, while there are still sore feelings over the infamous 1982 semi-final when West Germany won on penalties but only after France defender Patrick Battiston suffered a broken neck in a challenge by keeper Harald Schumacher that went unpunished.

France's Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris said Les Bleus will be looking to write a new page of history - and that his team-mates are approaching the match without trepidation but with "sheer enjoyment".

He told a news conference in Rio de Janeiro: "We are not afraid of anything - we know full well that in one match just about anything is possible including for this to be our last one in the World Cup.

"But but there is no fear, it's a real pleasure, a sheer joy to play Germany.

"We want to win this match for our friends, our families, for France!

"There is a long history between both nations but as far as we are concerned we live for the present moment, we want to write our own history."

France coach Didier Deschamps has Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho fit again and that might mean Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny losing his place.

Another Arsenal player, Olivier Giroud, may also start on the bench after his partnership with Karim Benzema failed to spark against Nigeria.

France looked much more incisive when Real Sociedad's Antoine Griezmann came on for Giroud and played on the left, allowing Benzema to push forward, and that is likely to be Deschamps' plan from the start against Germany.


New Sky Bet customers: Free matched bet up to £30


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think Finnegans Wake would have been a better reference point than Ulysses. Far more rambling and incomprehensible.

debra2927
Football People On TV: Garth Crooks

I

f I recall correctly, Degsy predicted a 100/1 shot correctly the week after his 150/1 Blackpool 4 - 3 Bolton call. I stuck a fiver on it as an idle bet. Paid for a stag do in Munich. Heady days...

baldini
Backing Hull To Beat United 2-1...

R

odgers prefers Joe Allen to Lucas? If this is true then I'm setting aside a fortnight to finally learn the rules of American Football and I'll give up on real football.

godzilla
The Jammy Gossip

Footer 365

Hull suffer Premier League relegation as Newcastle beat West Ham

Hull City suffered relegation on a goal-laden final day in the Premier League after Newcastle secured a 2-0 victory over West Ham.

Hull 0-0 Manchester United: Steve Bruce's men suffer final-day relegation

Hull City were relegated from the Premier League after they drew 0-0 with Manchester United, who had Marouane Fellaini sent off.

Sam Allardyce leaves West Ham with club not renewing contract

West Ham have started their search for a new manager after deciding not to renew Sam Allardyce's contract.

Mail Box

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

Don't Slate Sterling For Ambition...

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for his desire to quit Liverpool, according to one mailboxer. Also: why football should not be compared to business and Degsy's latest spot of bother...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company