Such is the mindset the German coach carries into the third meeting between the two countries which is set to kick off at 8:00 pm (6:00 am Jamaica time) today inside the Seoul World Cup Stadium, site of the 2002 FIFA World Cup opener between then defending champions France and Senegal.
The venue, now the home of FC Seoul, also hosted the 2002 World Cup semi-final between the hosts and Germany.
Schaefer and his technical staff have faced tremendous challenges leading up to this fixture, with a number of his most influential players opting out due to varying reasons, which range from injuries, players and clubs requesting time to rest, personal situations, to simply players and their clubs preferring not to make the long-haul travel to the Far East which could negatively impact club duties on their return home this weekend.
Added to that, up to press time last evening, three of the players on the 20-man list had not yet joined the group in Seoul, though they were expected to do so on the morning of the game.
And as if to add salt to the already gaping wound, 33- year-old midfielder Lee Williamson of Blackburn Rovers suffered a right knee injury and was officially forced out of the game yesterday. Williamson collided with a teammate in what appeared an innocuous challenge during training at the Paju National Football Training Centre on Sunday evening.
However, he woke up with swelling in the area yesterday and had to undergo a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test at a nearby hospital. According to team doctor Ivor O’Connor, the results showed contusion and soft tissue damage, but no cartilage damage.