International friendlies: Germany's Jerome Boateng says Brazil tie important test for Joachim Low's weakened team

Boateng, who was born in Berlin, will captain Germany in his home city if Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira fails to recover from a back problem.

AFP March 27, 2018 14:07:19 IST
International friendlies: Germany's Jerome Boateng says Brazil tie important test for Joachim Low's weakened team

Berlin: Jerome Boateng insists Germany see Tuesday's friendly against Brazil in Berlin as an important test despite coach Joachim Low planning a string of changes.

Low revealed that Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen will be rested with a slight knee strain, leaving Kevin Trapp and Bernd Leno to play a half each at Berlin's Olympic Stadium.

As first-choice Manuel Neuer is recovering from a fractured foot, it effectively means Germany will field their third and fourth choice goalkeepers against the South American giants.

International friendlies Germanys Jerome Boateng says Brazil tie important test for Joachim Lows weakened team

Germany's Jerome Boateng attends a press conference ahead of their match against Brazil. AP

Hertha Berlin's Marvin Plattenhardt will also make only his sixth international appearance at left-back.

Mesut Ozil and Thomas Mueller have been released by Low to rest while Manchester City pair Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan are expected to face Brazil.

Boateng, who was born in Berlin, will captain Germany in his home city if Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira fails to recover from a back problem.

The Bayern Munich defender played down the resting of World Cup winners Ozil and Mueller.

"Despite that, it is still an important game and there are other reasons Mueller and Ozil aren't here anymore," said Boateng.

"They have both played a lot this season and they shouldn't be over-played.

"Those involved don't always play for the national team, but in games like this you can test things, the Brazilians are also missing players."

This will be the first time Germany face Brazil at senior international level since the Selecao were hammered 7-1 in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup.

Brazil coach Tite has included four survivors — Marcelo, Fernandinho, Willian and Paulinho — from the squad mauled by the Germans four years ago.

Fernandinho is expected to replace Douglas Costa in the only change from the team which beat Russia 3-0 in Moscow on Friday without the injured Neymar.

Low is likely to start with just a handful of players who were involved in the remarkable Belo Horizonte clash in 2014.

After Germany drew 1-1 with Spain last Friday, Low insists the Brazil showdown is another demanding challenge for the world champions.

"Both games are high-level test matches for us," said Low.

"You can see that from the extremely high pass quota — over 90 percent — from Spain, we expect the same against Brazil.

"Against top teams like this, you can learn a lot of things to take away for the 2018 World Cup."

Brazil coach Tite has spoken about the "ghost" of the 7-1 defeat still haunting the Selecao, but Low said it's time to move on.

"There might be three or four players in the starting line-ups from 2014," he said.

"I do not think that, for example, Marcelo, who played at the time and has shown up really well at Real Madrid, as have other Brazilians in top teams, will be afraid against us or will fear another 7-1 defeat.

"Of course, the Brazilians probably have a bit of desire for revenge, but you can't turn the clock back.

"The 7-1 is the past."

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