Cape Town: Germany will need to replace suspended four-time goal scorer Thomas Mueller when they take on Spain in their World Cup semi-final on Wednesday but that will be no problem for coach Joachim Loew.
The 20-year-old winger has wreaked havoc in his first major tournament, scoring his fourth goal in Germany's 4-0 demolition of Argentina on Saturday to advance to the last four but coach Joachim Loew knows no one in his young squad is irreplaceable.
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"Obviously this will be a blow for us given the goal threat that Thomas has been here," said the 50-year-old coach, after his player was booked for a handball and must now sit out their match against the European champions.
"But we have players who can replace Thomas and we will manage that," he said.
Mueller, who only won his first international cap in March in a friendly against Argentina and was one of Loew's last call-ups for Germany's youngest World Cup squad since 1934, has been crucial to their fast-paced style of attacking football.