I am pleased about this performance, says Weise

I am pleased about this performance, says Weise

Max Muller

The German coach had every reason to be happy, his team having outwitted England 4-1 in the World Cup hockey semifinals.

“I am very pleased about this performance. You don’t find me very pleased often,” said Weise. “But I am sure I will find something when we go back and watch the video. What I like about this match is, everyone played well. That is really pleasing. But I would like to say that the scoreline doesn’t really reflect what happened on the pitch. It was a tough game and England played well.”

Germany’s captain Max Muller too was delighted with the effort by his team. “Our defence was excellent today and overall, we played very well. It wasn’t an individual effort and that is important.

“We are a young team and I was worried about playing at the same level for seventy minutes. But the team played consistently well through the entire game.”

Germany have been trying out some nice variations in penalty corners, with great success. “We have been working hard at it. There is no point in hitting them straight to the goal. You should look at the space they give you and then take a crack,” Muller said.

Meanwhile, Australia’s midfielder Mark Knowles, one of their captains here, said his team wasn’t worried when they failed to strike off their numerous chances early in the second semifinal against the Netherlands.

“We weren’t worried. We were creating chances and we knew that if we persisted with it, we would have success,” he said, after the Aussies had posted a 2-1 win.

Teun de Nooijer, the Dutch captain, admitted Australia’s supremacy on the day. “In the end, they played better. Late in the game, we had more possession, but we could not cash in on that,” said the veteran playing his fourth World Cup.

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