HAMBURG, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 09: Joachim Loew, head coach of Germany addresses the media during a press conference at the Mercedes Benz center on November 9, 2011 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Germany's manager Joachim Loew plans on experimenting with players and tactics in Friday's friendly with Ukraine, who are without a number of their top players.
The German National team are looking to get a sneak peak at the venue they hope to be playing at in the Euro 2012 final on July 1 when they travel to Kiev to play Ukraine. Manager Joachim Loew's side won all ten of their qualifying matches, but friendly might set up a little different for the Germans.
Loew has stated that he plans on experimenting a bit in this match, specifically by playing Borussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze alongside Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil. Also, Hannover's Ron-Robert Zieler will play at least one half in goal. Loew will be without the services of Miroslav Klose, Bastien Schweinsteiger, and Phillip Lamm for Friday's match.
Ukraine coach Oleh Blohkin also has a number of injuries to deal with. Oleh Husev, Dmytro Chygrynskiy and Andriy Veronin are all missing and Andriy Schevchenko and Oleksandr Aliyev face late fitness tests. Blohkin does, however, still have the services of Bayern Munich midfielder Anatoliy Tymoshchuk as well as Dynamo Kiev star Artem Milevskiy.
This match will be an excellent tune-up for both sides, with Loew getting the opportunity to experiment and Blohkin getting to test his side against some top competition.