World Cup: Germany boss Joachim Low relishing challenge of facing Brazil

Joachim Low: Germany coach is confident his team can beat Brazil to reach the World Cup final
Image: Joachim Low: Germany coach is confident his team can beat Brazil to reach the World Cup final

Joachim Low is confident Germany can put their recent semi-final disappointments behind them and beat World Cup hosts Brazil on Tuesday.

Germany will be hoping to avoid a hat-trick of consecutive World Cup semi-final defeats by booking a place in the Maracana and setting up the chance to claim their first success in the competition since 1990.

The last time Germany reached the World Cup final they lost to Brazil 12 years ago, but the coach insists the mood in the camp is positive ahead of the match in Belo Horizonte.

"We've been in at least the semi-finals of the last four World Cups and that just shows that we've been playing consistently at the very highest level," he said.

We'll devise a good plan and give Brazil a real fight. The chances are even and it's going to come down to something really minor, who reaches the final.
Joachim Low

"This is a highlight now; it's something special and amazing. I'm looking forward to it so much, and everybody in the squad is too.

"I think all Germans are also, and one thing's for sure - we desperately want to play in the Maracana in Rio again on July 13. We're not done yet.

"We all know how strong Brazil are. They were the big favourites right from the start and the players have mostly coped with this role outstandingly.

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"They underlined at the Confederations Cup last year that the expectation levels lift them further and the pressure doesn't numb them.

"What they've done is good for the whole tournament; it's good when the hosts go so far, but we're self-confident and we've gelled more as the tournament has progressed.

"We'll devise a good plan and give Brazil a real fight. The chances are even and it's going to come down to something really minor, who reaches the final."

Bastian Schweinsteiger says it is an honour and challenge to play against hosts Brazil when the sides meet in the World Cup semi-final.

Brazil's hopes suffered a setback with the loss of Neymar through injury and Thiago Silva to suspension.

And Low regrets the fact that they will not be playing, even though their presence may have made life a little harder for his team.

"You always want to see the best players in action at a World Cup, and the players always want to measure themselves up to the very best," Low said.

"It's a pity that Brazil have to play without two of their best, but they will be able to cover for them.

"I'm incredibly sorry for Neymar. He's an amazing footballer and it's really bitter and hugely unfortunate that he's going to miss out - for him, for his team and for the whole nation.

"I hope he recovers and is playing again as quickly as possible and that he can deal with this setback positively."

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