Joachim Low has insisted Germany are still a long way from UEFA EURO 2012 qualification, despite three wins from three ahead of their meeting with Kazakhstan on Tuesday. Die Nationalelf beat Turkey 3-0 in Berlin on Friday to go three points clear at the Group A summit, having scored ten goals and conceded just one, and now visit a team that has lost their opening three fixtures.
Germany have maintained the form with which they finishing third at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, but Low has warned them against complacency.
"We have started well, but there is still a long way to go," the 50-year-old told the Bild newspaper. "We solved the problem of how to beat Turkey and deserved to win, but we must continue that momentum."
Normally a cool and collected figure on the sidelines during Germany games, Low showed a rare display of anger against Turkey when Cologne attacker Lukas Podolski fired wide of the goal when his side were only 1-0 up.
"It was a critical stage in the game," explained the Freiburg legend. "We were 1-0 up, but the Turks were pushing for an equalisier and the goal would have calmed the game for us, that is why I got so annoyed."
Low admires Ozil composure
Playmaker Mesut Ozil is Germany's main injury doubt for the trip to Kazakhstan and will have a fitness test tomorrow to see if he can play. The Real Madrid star scored the second goal in the defeat of Turkey, but was replaced in the 90th minute as he struggled with his ankle problem.
The 21-year-old was due to miss training today but Low revealed he will "definitely" fly to Astana with the rest of the squad.
Born and raised in Germany to Turkish parents, Ozil was booed every time he touched the ball at the Olympiastadion, and Low praised the youngster for showing a cool head.
"It was certainly not an easy situation for him," the coach explained. "He has really strong nerves. He has Turkish parents and has roots in Germany and Turkey.
"He was absolutely delighted with both the goal and his victory in the changing room afterwards. I had no doubts about playing him, I had a long talk with him before the game and felt that his situation would not be a factor."