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Below strength Germany serious for Brazil - Boateng

2018-03-26 16:11
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Berlin - Jerome Boateng insists Germany see Tuesday's friendly against Brazil in Berlin as an important test despite coach Joachim Loew planning a string of changes.

Loew revealed that Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen will be rested, leaving Kevin Trapp and Bernd Leno to play a half each at Berlin's Olympic Stadium.

As first-choice Manuel Neuer is recovering from a fractured foot it effectively means Germany will field their third and fourth choice goalkeepers against the South American giants.

Hertha Berlin's Marvin Plattenhardt will also make only his sixth international appearance at left-back.

Stars Mesut Ozil and Thomas Mueller have been released by Loew to rest while Manchester City pair Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan are expected to face Brazil.

Boateng, who was born in Berlin, will captain Germany in his home city if Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira fails to recover from a back knock.

The Bayern Munich defender played down the resting of World Cup winners Ozil and Mueller.

"Despite that, it is still an important game and there are other reasons Mueller and Ozil aren't here anymore," said Boateng.

"They have both played a lot this season and they shouldn't be over played.

"Those involved don't always play for the national team, but in games like this you can test things, the Brazilians are also missing players."

This will be the first time Germany face Brazil at senior international level since the Selecao were hammered 7-1 in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup.

Brazil coach Tite has included five survivors - Marcelo, Fernandinho, Willian, Fred and Paulinho - from the squad mauled by the Germans in 2014.

Fernandinho is expected to replace Douglas Costa in the only change from the team which beat Russia 3-0 in Moscow on Friday without the injured Neymar.

Loew is likely to start with just a handful of survivors from the historic 2014 World Cup semi-final.

After Germany drew 1-1 with Spain last Friday, Loew insists the Brazil showdown is another top-level test for the world champions.

"Both games are high-level test matches for us," said Loew.

"You can see that from the extremely high pass quota - over 90 percent - from Spain, we expect the same against Brazil.

"Against top teams like this you can learn a lot of things to take away for the 2018 World Cup.

Brazil coach Tite has spoken about the 'ghost' of the 7-1 defeat still haunting the Selecao, but Loew said it's time to move on.

"There might be three or four players in the starting lineups from 2014," he said.

"I do not think that, for example, Marcelo, who played at the time and has shown up really well at Real Madrid, as have other Brazilians in top teams, will be afraid against us or will fear another 7-1 defeat.

"All the top players handle the pressure much better these days."

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