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New Scotland boss Strachan wants to emulate Germany

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By Jeff Spicer

Wednesday 16 January 2013

New Scotland manager Gordon Strachan believes the national team should emulate Germany if they are to become an international threat.

Gordon Strachan

The Daily Telegraph has reported that Strachan, who was appointed the national team's manager on Monday, is a keen admirer of the German model of play, which favours the 4-3-3 system. “The first objective is to win. You have to win. We'd all like to play a certain style of football, and mine is the German style,” Strachan said.

Making particular reference to current German coach Joachin Low's methods, Strachan continued: “I think German football is terrific. They play three up front, but it's three strikers. When we try it, it's a winger who never scores or a midfielder on the other side who doesn't have a clue about coming inside or whatever.” The former Celtic also made reference to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, saying United’s methods are “all about winning.

Scotland are struggling in their World Cup qualifying group, currently bottom of Group A and without a win in their opening four games, having scored just two goals. The last major tournament the Scots qualified for was the 1998 World Cup. Germanay, on the other hand, are cruising in Group E, top of the group and undefeated through four games.

While Strachan would ultimately like to see his team emulate the European powerhouse, he is also aware things cannot happen overnight. Strachan said: “The Germans do it brilliantly. I've studied them. But we haven't developed players to do that. They don't have a sitting midfield player, they have [Mesut] Ozil who goes in a channel. That's the perfect way of playing football but you need these players who allow you to do it.

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