Olsen: Germany lack respect
By Chris Ives
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Denamrk coach Morten Olsen has criticised Germany's decision to rest key players.
Morten Olsen says Germany coach Joachim Low's decision to field a second-string team against Denmark 'shows a lack of respect'.
Low will rest many of his top stars for Wednesday's friendly in Duisburg and the Danes are far from happy with the situation.
"I worked for four years here in Germany and always found them to be good hosts, but what has happened this week shows a lack of respect," he said.
"My colleague doesn't have to ring me up and say what tactics he'll be using or if one or two players are missing.
"We did, however, agree to field our best teams. If there are reasons the DFB has to replace seven or eight players, they can give me a call and talk about it.
"As it is, I found out about it in the paper and that's just not the way to go about things."
Low made the decision to rest the likes of Michael Ballack, Bernd Schneider and Torsten Frings because he felt the players needed a break ahead of the upcoming European ties for their clubs, but his argument has not convinced the Danish squad.
Sevilla midfielder Christian Poulsen said: "I've already had 46 games this season and that's more than any German player.
"We still have league games to play and my club is still in the cup and the Uefa Cup, but I'm proud to be able to play for my country."