German coach Joachim Loew has criticised the ‘physical energy’ of Brazil and implored Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez to take control of the game in the lead-up to his sides semi-final with the host nation at Estadio Mineirao tomorrow morning.
Brazil have been one of the most physical sides at the 2014 World Cup and committed 31 fouls in their quarter-final victory over Colombia, including a number of nasty challengers on Colombian superstar James Rodriquez.
Loew is expecting Brazil to continue their physical aggression against Germany tomorrow morning, but has called on Rodriquez to stamp out foul play and allows the likes of Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller to play at their creative best.
“I hope the referee Rodriguez will clamp down, because I have seen in the last few matches that Brazil’s physical energy is going beyond of what we see in Europe,” Loew said.
“If the games had been played in Europe, none of the 22 players would have finished the matches.
“I believe we have to see that these brutal and rude fouls are stopped, because we won’t see the talents of the likes of Ozil or Neymar.
“We will see players going out to destroy the opposition.”
Brazil produced some of their best football off the tournament against Colombia on Saturday morning, but the game was often marred by stops in play due to injuries suffered by players as a result of physical challenges from their opponents.
Loew was critical of the performance of both sides and believes that referees need to do more to take control of matches, so that foul play does not get in the way of the game as a spectacle.
“I think there was only about 38, 39 minutes of playing time,” Loew said.
I don’t think the fans are happy if there are so many stoppages and it doesn’t make for a good match.
“I have seen many fouls which were really dangerous with sliding tackles from the side and behind.
“Referees must protect the players.
“Some of the forwards were aggressed in a very bad way and I don’t think that was a good thing.”
The semi-final between Brazil and Germany is set to be one of the most hotly contested matches of the 2014 World Cup to date and leading online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au cannot split the two sides heading into the highly-anticipated clash.
Brazil and Germany are both available at odds of $2.80 to win the game in regular time, while both are priced at a quote of $1.91 to progress to the 2014 World Cup final.