A 1-0 home defeat to Norway in an exhibition game is nothing to get too worked up about, according to members of the German national team. "It's not so dramatic," said midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger
of the Germans' first defeat to Norway in 73 years. "The defeat's not the end of the world. We're not machines."
defender Philipp Lahm
added that the players were always missing "five or ten percent" in a friendly game, although, as the newspaper points out, that missing
percentage was enough to usher in defeat against a team that failed to win a single game in 2008, and which is in last place in its World Cup qualifying group, behind Iceland, Macedonia and
Scotland. Oh, and Norway was also without most of its first-choice players.
"No courage, no passion, no ideas," is the paper's judgment on the German performance. "I don't think
that they consciously spared themselves," said coach Joachim Loew
in his players' defense. The team found "no offensive solutions," but they learned from the
game "what we will do in the future and what not." Taken with the last friendly against England in November, a 2-1 home defeat, Loew should now have plenty of ideas about how he doesn't want his
team to play.
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