Joachim Low eyes 102-year Germany goalscoring record against Gibraltar
Joachim Low hopes Germany can set a new goalscoring record in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar on Friday, saying he will field the most attack-minded side possible.
Three games into the qualification campaign for the 2016 tournament in France, World Cup winners Germany have only picked up four points. They won at home to Scotland but lost in Poland and were held to a draw by Republic of Ireland in October.
In 1912, Die Nationalmannschaft put 16 goals past Russia at the Olympics in Stockholm -- the highest win ever recorded by a German national team -- and Low wants his players to kickstart their campaign by chasing that 102-year-old record.
"If the team play like I imagine, then we can set a new record," the Germany coach told his pregame news conference on Thursday.
"We want to have a good result and show that we are worthy world champions. But what's important is how the team plays and not many goals we can win by."
In order to get anywhere near 16 goals, Low is prepared to sacrifice cover at the back, and also promised Lukas Podolski -- who has been struggling for game time at Arsenal -- a start.
"We won't start too many defensive players. We don't need four centre-backs but lads who can bring out the best in attack," he said. "We expect Gibraltar to be defensive, and therefore we won't play too many defensive players.
"If we play with tempo, and if we have fun, we can achieve our aims even if Gibraltar are organised at the back. Against Poland (when Gibraltar lost 7-0), they were only 1-0 down at half-time. But it's also evident that we have a lot of options going forward."
When Germany resume the qualifying campaign against Georgia in March 2015, Low wants to implement a new playing style in order to challenge for the European crown.
"We'll make a few changes, [and] might return to playing two strikers," he said, adding that a return to a 3-5-2 system was an option.
"We can't always stick to one style and one idea. There's a golden thread, but we also need fresh stimulus. That will help us in the long run.
"Football is constantly being developed, and we have to also develop at the same time. We were strong in our ideas at the World Cup as to how we wanted to play football.
"But we have to incorporate a few things into our game to help us develop, especially in the direction of Euro 2016. We want to be challenging for the title there, too. But obviously we'll have to qualify first."