Alfred Finnbogason from FC Augsburg does not expect an overpowering opponent before the World Cup qualifier of the Icelandic national team on Thursday (8.45 p.m. in LIVETICKER) in Duisburg against Germany.
“When you see the latest results, it is no longer the machine it was a few years ago,” Finnbogason told the Augsburger Allgemeine. However, that is “completely normal”, added the 32-year-old. “Every team that has reached the top has a phase when it gets tougher.”
In particular, the lack of continuity in the team of national coach Joachim Löw is responsible for the weak phase: “There are young players coming, sometimes the harmony in the team doesn’t fit. Germany is currently looking a bit for its identity.” A point where the Icelander sees his delegation up front: “We are a team that has played together for seven or eight years. We have all gotten older, but also more mature.”
Finnbogason will miss the international match due to a protracted calf injury. The striker annoys “every game I miss. But against Germany it would have been something special because I play here.”
Since the end of January he has been on the lookout due to the “difficult injury”. After the international break, Finnbogason wants to “get closer to the squad. Of course I need further training.”