“We can expect a brilliant atmosphere; the fans will stand behind the team to the last minute”.
“But if you look at it in terms of the amount of money Liverpool spent over the last three seasons, clearly they need to be the favourites and the ones carrying expectations”. “These players are regularly called upon with their clubs in the league and at European level, they have a good rhythm”.
Dublin game The Dublin game, Löw insists, though will be a test for his men: “We knew how risky Ireland were long before our home fixture against them”.
“We want to be serious and concentrated until the end of the qualification”.
“Our aim is to win both games against Ireland and Georgia and qualify as group winners. It’s a great time to go into these decisive group games”.
Leno is the only new face in the squad which moved top of the qualification standings with victories over Poland and Scotland last month.
On Leno’s selection, Germany goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke added: “I have already said that behind Manuel Neuer on the position of the goalkeeper we have several candidates in mind. We need cool heads and patience to get through it. But if we play to our potential and concentrate on our qualities, we’ll also create our chances”.
“We’re in a comfortable situation and there is no necessity to make any final decisions now”.
Hannover goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler missed out.
“Bernd Leno has earned this call-up thanks to his constantly good performances for Bayer Leverkusen and just like Marc-Andre ter Stegen, we’ve had our eyes on him for a while”.
Germany lead Group D with 19 points, two more than second-placed Poland and four more than the third-placed Republic of Ireland.
“For us now the only relevant thing is to defend top place in the table and qualify directly for the European Championships”.