Germany coach Joachim Low is confident his team will qualify for Euro 2016.
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Germany coach Joachim Low remains convinced his side will seal their place at Euro 2016 with a win over Georgia on Sunday, despite having wasted their first match point against the Republic of Ireland.
The world champions needed just a draw in Dublin to punch their ticket to France next summer, but a 1-0 defeat means their qualification now depends on their final group fixture.
They only need a point against Georgia in Leipzig and Low insists no real damage has been done by Thursday’s surprise defeat, which he says they will bounce back from immediately.
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"We were all a bit disappointed afterwards that we didn’t get anything out of that game, but I don’t think anything dramatic happened," Low said at a press conference.
"We were disappointed, but we’re confident enough to say that we’ll get through anyway."
The only danger Germany really face is themselves, according to the local press.
Getting were seen as too confident and almost arrogant in their defeat to Ireland, although that view is not shared by the Germany coach.
"I never got the feeling we were arrogant or over-confident," Low said. "We got a bit careless, but never cocky.
"Maybe it was a bit down to a lack of concentration, but the problem is you don’t have much time to train with the players and get into their minds what you want.
"The team’s got to learn to take the chances well and get early goals, otherwise we end up making our opponents feel stronger.
"We’ve got to be better in the final third. But we are doing things the right way – there can be no doubt about that.
"We are considering what is not working and where we can improve. We’ve not been very efficient in recent years and this is something we need to work on – taking all of our chances again, as if we are only going to get a few in each game.
"We’re not so deadly in front of our opponents’ goal as we used to be."
That deadly efficiency was embodied by Mario Gotze in the World Cup final last year, but the Bayern Munich midfielder is not going to be the man for the important goal again on Sunday.
Injury has ruled him out until January.
"We were all shocked by the diagnosis," Low said. "He’d just got back into really good form, not just for us but also for Bayern, and we’re all really sorry for him."
Captain Bastian Schweinsteiger may also miss out with a thigh injury, with Low saying his fitness will be tested shortly before kick-off.
Georgia, whose only wins in the group came against Gibraltar twice and Scotland, are facing Germany for the fifth time, having lost all their four previous meetings.
Two of those defeats came in qualifying for Euro ’96, which Germany went on to win at Wembley.