Wednesday November 13 2013
Löw: 'Italy artisan illusionists'

Germany manager Joachim Löw is looking forward to Friday’s friendly against Italy. “They are smart and artisan illusionists.”

The international test is at San Siro on Friday evening as a warm-up for the 2014 World Cup.

“We could not have faced a better opponent,” said Löw ahead of his 100th game on the German bench.

“They are a unique team able to control, change and adjust their style like nobody else. When you think you’ve got the game in hand, they emerge and change everything.

“Italy are a smart side, they are artisan illusionists and unique in the world.”

Serie A based strikers Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez are both injured, while Per Mertesacker will only join the side next week.

“It’s a shame, but I have other players of the same level. I told everyone there aren’t many matches from here to the World Cup, but if they think their spot is secure then they’re wrong.”