The German National Football Team, or die Mannschaft, under Joachim Loew has gone with the false nine formation several times in the past year. That explains the inclusion of only two strikers into World Cup training camp. However, one of them, Miroslav Klose, is fighting to get fit with Ronaldo‘s scoring record in sight. The record could come against the USMNT in the last group stage match.
Klose is ready to do anything he can to get the record after back and thigh injuries this season. Klose said he in on a good track with the fitness coaches and is eying two goals to bring his total to 16 for the record. When Klose was asked about his role in the squad by The Daily Mail, he was full of confidence.
“I can also play the “false nine” position. I will give it all in every training session. Experience or not, I will present my case in ever training so that I cannot be ignored. But I assume that I will play.”
Klose is a poacher and knows how to run down a ball even at 35 years old. His best asset will be finishing a set piece goal with his head. He will have a good chance to challenge the Ghana back line since Ghana’s defenders are significantly smaller than Portugal. He may not start the match with Ghana, but should be used as a sub, especially if Loew puts the optimal false nine lineup on the field against Portugal. Germany may have a spot in the round of 16 clinched by the time they play the USMNT. It is not a far-fetched scenario to see Klose break the record against the U.S.
Ronaldo is not worried about his World Cup legacy, but Klose seems determined to catch him. Klose should take over the 40-year-old German scoring record in the friendlies prior to the World Cup. He is tied with Gerd Mueller for the German lead and in World Cup goals.
Klose has been smart to say that the team is the first priority. He believes that the striker only gets opportunities when the team is playing well. Despite some injury concerns in the midfield, this German team is still considered a top contender. This means Klose could break the record against the USMNT, and it would be welcome only if the USMNT still advances.