Joachim Loew Pleased With Germany's Attacking Chemistry

Germany coach Joachim Loew and skipper Philipp Lahm were thoroughly satisfied with tonight's 6-1 victory over Azerbaijan, although Manuel Neuer had a caveat.
Germany head coach Joachim Loew hailed his team for its offensive quality and ruthless nose for goal following an emphatic 6-1 victory over Azerbaijan in tonight's Euro 2012 qualifier.

"The team has some great chemistry," Loew told reporters. "It's fun to see this chemistry again. It's also a good thing that we did not stop after going ahead 3-0, but continued to go for even more."

Skipper Philipp Lahm echoed his coach's sentiments, "Six goals were scored, so we can be satisfied. Our team has to play for fun and score goals. In spite of conceding a goal, we can all be satisfied."

One player who was not entirely satisfied was goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who made a howler that led to Azerbaijan's consolation goal.

"We wanted to keep a clean sheet," the Schalke goalkeeper said. "The goal was just stupid. It's obviously annoying."

In spite of his own self-criticism, Neuer was pleased with the result overall.

"We have carried on the spirit of South Africa. I hope it continues."

Germany, who placed third at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, have won both of their Euro 2012 qualifiers, and lead Group A. They resume their qualifying campaign next month with matches against Turkey and Kazakhstan.

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