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Joachim Low backing Sami Khedira to shine

Posted: 24 May 2010 Time: 22:39

German coach Joachim Low has publicly pegged 23-year-old Stuttgart midfielder Sami Khedira as the first choice to replace the injured Michael Ballack in the World Cup.

Low insisted he will not be changing his team’s system or style of play between now and the World Cup and that he expects Khedira to step in without missing a beat.

“He has a great deal of potential and is a player who has already been given a lot of responsibility at Stuttgart. He also shows that he has matured,” Low told reporters.

Khedira showed signs of being a natural leader early on in his career. In 2007, he helped Stuttgart capture its first Bundesliga crown in 15 years. He was only 20-years-old.

His résumé appears to have the skills and experience necessary to take over the second central midfield spot alongside Bastian Scheweinsteiger of Bayern.

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