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FOOTBALL: You only win when you're singing.

Byline: KEITH JACKSON

GERMAN striker Fredi Bobic last night insisted Scotland would be pushovers if it wasn't for the Tartan Army.

The Hertha Berlin hitman - set to lead Rudi Voller's attack in Dortmund tonight - admits some of his his team-mates could not cope with the atmosphere at Hampden in June when Germany scraped a 1-1 draw.

But Bobic expects the Scots to be blown away tonight at the 70,000-capacity Westfalen Stadium as the battle for Group Five goes down to the wire. He said: ``What do I think of Scotland? Well, let's just say when I think back to that game at Hampden I'm sure the supporters won them that point.

``It was a great atmosphere but they only managed to create one chance in the whole game.

``They played very well but they only made one chance and, unfortunately for us, they took it. Normally we should be able to cope with the atmosphere but some of our players were a little bit intimidated by Hampden.

``But here it will be different. This match is like a final for us and our fans will create a very special atmosphere.

``Scotland are a strong side but we have more quality and we have better players.''

The Germans, however, are under severe pressure after a string of woeful performances which have brought about stinging criticism.

Bobic said: ``Most of the players are lacking in confidence and they have not shown their true quality with the national team. They are feeling the pressure because they are young and they don't have much experience.

``But we are under extra pressure now because Rudi Voller has been sticking up for us and we have to do it for him now as well as our supporters.

``We have seen better days, I'm not denying that. But I have grown immune to the criticism.

``I have told me team-mates they shouldn't let it get to them.''

Voller was dealt a further blow yesterday when he sent Bayern Munich star Sebastian Deisler home for treatment on a torn thigh muscle.

But he insists his players will emerge from this crisis to claim their place at Euro 2004.

Voller said: ``We must concentrate on our job but we also have to stay relaxed.

``It would be pretty suicidal for me to say the morale is bad in our camp. But it isn't - I've talked to my players and they are burning to get on to that pitch.

``Defeat for us would be near fatal but we are not thinking about that.''
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Date:Sep 10, 2003
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