Low high on confidence

2014-06-09 11:35
Germany coach Joachim Low (Supplied)
Germany coach Joachim Low (Supplied)
Cape Town - Germany manager Joachim Low insists that his team are thoroughly prepared for what is expected to be another gruelling World Cup.

Low, who is reported to have put his players through a tough pre-tournament regime, is adamant that the players are ready to deal with any eventuality during the next month. While there has been some criticism levelled at Low during the build-up to this year’s tournament, he remains confident that the Mannschaft will be able to negotiate the pressure they face with considerable aplomb.

"The closer we get to a tournament the calmer I become because I know that we've thought of everything, and I have faith in that," Low told FIFA.com on Monday.

"I'm now able to deal with high-pressure situations very well and I even enjoy them actually. I'm looking forward to our warm-up games, to every training session and to everything Brazil has in store for us," added the German mentor.

The experience of competing in a Brazilian World Cup is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and Low, along with his squad, have every intention of exploiting that.

"Experiencing a World Cup in the world's most football-crazy country is as good as it gets, for the players, coaches and fans," he said.

"We're going to a World Cup in a country that defines itself through football more than any other nation.

"Accordingly, the levels of enthusiasm are huge - I experienced that last year at the Confederations Cup. Football has a kind of primeval power in Brazil. That was overwhelming at the competition last year and will be even stronger at the World Cup.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing the best players in the world compete at such close quarters and I'm expecting to see football taken to a new level in Brazil."

Germany kick-off their World Cup campaign against Portugal on June 16.

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