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Sep 5, 2013

Low bullish amid criticism of defence

Joachim Low has been bullish amid criticism of Germany's poor defensive record, ahead of their 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Faroe Islands.

• Honigstein: Low yet to make case for defensive football

Although Low's side currently tops their 2014 World Cup qualifying group, the statistic of 20 goals conceded in 12 games following since Euro 2012 has caused concern.

In one third of Germany's games that followed Euro 2012, Low's team has conceded three or more goals, most recently the 3-3 draw with Paraguay in Austria.

"What does defence mean?" Joachim Low asked a press conference in Munich on Wednesday. "I am not willing to say: 'let's park the bus and wait for the counters'.

"Our team has to defend early. That means the defence has to push up front, the midfield has to play aggressive and the forwards need to make the right runs and attack. A lot of it is down to the compactness of the team."

Low added that "the team will have a different approach than against Paraguay" after individual mistakes were made against the South American nation.

And while Low said "we will score more goals than we'll concede", midfielder Sami Khedira was more cautious.

The Real Madrid player said: "It might be nice to score three or four in every game but you also have to take care of defending your own goal."

Germany, who are top of Group C by five points, take on Austria at Munich's Allianz Arena on Friday before travelling to the Faroe Islands next week.

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