Joachim Loew warns about Brazil fouls ahead of semifinal. He appealed to the referee of the World Cup semifinal to be on the lookout for such “brutal” tactics.
The Mexican referee, Marco Rodrigues will preside over their march Tuesday in Belo Horizonte.
Loew was concerned after observing the match between Brazil and Colombia and said the tackling by both sides was over the limit as they were always very brutal.
Many observers also took note of this during the bruising quarterfinal between the two teams.
”My hope, or what I expect, is that the referee Rodriguez keeps an eye on these things,” Loew said. ”In Europe there would not be 22 players on the pitch at the end. There were many hard fouls from behind, from the side. You have to see that this brutal and robust physical side is stopped because then you won’t have a Neymar, Messi … but other players who destroy the game.”
Neymar was ruled out of the World Cup after fracturing a vertebra late in the match against Colombia. He was kneed in the back by Camilo Zuniga.
Neymar has been Brazil’s biggest star in this year’s World Cup and his absence leaves the team a little weakened.
Loew opened the news conference by expressing his regrets over the fact that Neymar will miss the match. Thiago Silva, the Brazil captain and defender will also miss the match due to suspension.
”A top player missing means other players will take responsibility and I am sure they will play for Neymar and for Thiago,” Loew said. ”No one should think that Neymar’s absence or Thiago Silva’s is a disadvantage, with Dante playing you can’t expect him to play badly, especially against Germany.”
Center back Dante is expected to replace Silva. He plays for Bayern Munich and is a teammate of many German players.
Loew said Brazil was certain to take passion, commitment and emotion and a huge number of fans into the semifinal, but Germany was not planning to adjust its tactics and will just play its own game.
”We are confident and if we manage to play to our abilities, our hopes of reaching the final are not all that bad,” Loew said.
He said that all his remaining 22 players are fit and ready to play. So his squad is ready for the march. The defender, Shkodran Mustafi is out with a leg muscle injury.
Loew admitted Brazil was the favorite despite the absence of Neymar and Thiago Silva.
”Such semifinals are a special occasion, the fight of the two continents, two European teams against two South American teams,” he said.
Germany is a three-time World Cup champion and is playing in its fourth straight semifinal. It is hoping to reach its first final since 2002 when it lost to Brazil in the only previous World Cup match the two nations have played.
In another interesting semifinal march Argentina meets Netherlands in Sao Paulo on Wednesday. This is where the world’s great dribblers Arjen Robben of Netherlands and Lionel Messi of Argentina are expected to be the main focus.
The Dutch defender Bruno Martins had already told Dutch website Nu.nl that they are planning to cut the supply line to Messi.