Torsten Frings could play against Turkey tomorrow night despite not fully recovering from a bruised rib sustained in the final group match against Austria last week. After a good team performance in their previous match against Portugal, it would be brave of LÃ¶w to drop either Simon Rolfes or Thomas Hitzlsperger, who both performed well in the quarter final, and replace them with someone who is not fully fit.
One option would be to drop Rolfes for Frings, put Hitlzsperger on the left and go more attacking with Podolski up front, as the Turks are likely to sit with ten men in defence for the majority of the match. Alternatively, he could stick with the team that knocked out the Portuguese, as long as Schweinsteiger and Podolski get forward at every opportunity to support lone front man Miroslav Klose.
Despite Turkeyâ€™s defensive tactics, Germany captain Michael Ballack knows that it is their never-say-die mentality that has got them this far, something his own nation are renowned for. â€œTurkey have a very strong mentality,â€ the Chelsea midfielder told BBC sport. â€œThey will be a difficult adversary who have nothing to lose because reaching the semis is already an achievement.â€ He added: â€œThey have shown a strong belief and theyâ€™ve scored goals in the closing stages of their matches â€“ itâ€™s something that only Germany does normally.â€
Germany take on Turkey at St. Jakob Park tomorrow night. Kick off is at 7.45pm (GMT) and the match will be officiated by Switzerlandâ€™s Massimo Busacca.
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