Scotland can give Germany big problems says Dundee defender Konrad

Dundee defender Thomas Konrad reckons Germany will be too strong for Scotland tonight at Hampden Park.

But the centre-back reckons Scotland have the talent in their ranks to give Joachim Low’s men some serious problems.

Gordon Strachan’s side go into the game against the World champions in desperate need of a result following their calamitous 1-0 defeat to Georgia on Friday.

The dream of a competitive tournament return is hanging by a thread.

It’s been the best part of two decades since Scotland last managed to do so.

Not since Scotland squads included the likes of Dundee United management team Jackie McNamara, Simon Donnelly and Darren Jackson, have the Tartan Army been able to pack their bags for a summer of football in sunnier climes.

However, Konrad, who will be in the stands this evening, still believes Scotland have what it takes to secure a qualification spot in the group.

And, ahead of the game, he’s warned his countrymen they will have to be on their toes or the Scots can cause a shock.

Konrad is not expecting the match to be an easy ride for the World Cup winners. Certainly not as easy it would have been in days gone by.

German national coach Joachim Low celebrates his side’s victory in the World Cup Final against Argentina in Brazil last summer.
German national coach Joachim Low celebrates his side’s victory in the World Cup Final against Argentina in Brazil last summer.

He said: “It is not like it was four or five years ago, where, if Germany were playing against Scotland, we would be expected to win the game easily.

“It’s different now because the Scotland team have improved a lot. They showed in the game in Dortmund they have players who can hurt Germany.

“At Hampden tonight it will be a different atmosphere and it will be even tougher for Germany.

“But we have a very strong team and Scotland will have to play very well to win the game.

“I’m not sure whether they will have enough to do that but, if Scotland can qualify, I would definitely support them in the tournament — unless they play Germany again.

“The best thing would be if Germany and Scotland can both qualify,” said the 25-year-old former Eintracht Trier man.

“I think that it’s a strong possibility this will happen.

“Germany are my country, so, of course, I will be supporting them but Scotland is my second home.

“I have been in this country for more than a year now and I like it very much.”

On a personal level, Konrad has recently had to adapt to life in the City of Discovery without fellow-German national Luka Tankulic.

The frontman was released from a deal with the Dens Park outfit two weeks back, just prior to the close of the transfer window.

Despite having never met Tankulic prior to flying out to the club’s Budapest training base in 2014 for a trial, Konrad and his countryman quickly hit it off, becoming friends off the park and sharing a flat in the city together.

While he is sad to see his pal go, he does not believe the forward’s departure will have an effect on the Dark Blues, or his own form.

Konrad said: “Luka was my flatmate and a fellow-German so, of course, it is tough to say goodbye. But the dressing-room is a close group, so I have many other good friends.

“It will be different, being the only German but I am happy in Scotland and I am very happy at Dundee.”