FIFA U-17 WC: German coach not worried about energy-sapping heat

Having played its group league matches in Kochi and Goa, Germany travelled to New Delhi for the pre-quarters where it blanked Colombia 4-0.

At Chile 2015, Wueck’s team lost to Croatia in the last-16 and the four-time senior champion is still in search of an elusive title at the U-17 World Cup after 10 appearances.   -  AP

Germany coach Christian Wueck is not worried about the energy-sapping weather conditions here but is hoping the pitch plays well in the side's FIFA Under-17 World Cup quarterfinal on October 22.

Having played its group league matches in Kochi and Goa, Germany travelled to New Delhi for the pre-quarters where it blanked Colombia 4-0.

“It’s not important where we play, what is very important is that we have a good pitch. I think the pitch in Delhi was good. I think pitch here is okay,” Wueck told reporters on the sidelines of Germany's first practice session here today.

Wueck has worked at the German Football Association since 2012, taking charge of the U-16s and U-17s, the latter losing to France 1-4 in the UEFA U-17 European Championship.

At Chile 2015, Wueck’s team lost to Croatia in the last-16 and the four-time senior champion is still in search of an elusive title at the U-17 World Cup after 10 appearances.

However, the side is not affected by its poor record. “No, in no case. It’s very important for us to play in Germany and show very good development to prepare the players for A team. It’s very important for each player to have this tournament or the European Championship to develop.”

Germany will meet the winner of Brazil versus Honduras scheduled in Kochi later on Wednesday.

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