The Germany coach Joachim Löw said there was “no euphoria” among his players as they go on to the World Cup final having inflicted on Brazil the biggest defeat in the history of the team in last night’s semi-final.
The eighth World Cup final of Die Nationalmannschaft’s history, a record and potentially their fourth victory in the tournament awaits. They lost the final to Brazil in 2002 whom they have now inflicted upon the biggest defeat in the history of the national team. Löw said he sympathised, having been assistant to Jurgen Klinsmann when Germany lost to Italy in extra-time of the World Cup semi-final on home turf in 2006.
Asked whether his team felt invincible, Löw said: “Nobody should feel invincible. Both teams have been excellent so far and have magnificent players. Messi, Higuain and others are terrific. Van Persie and Robben can decide any match. It can't be like this semi. The opponent will be different.”
“Now it's important we recover and we are able to regenerate our momentum,” he added. “It is important we remain calm. The team is perfectly rooted and calm. There is no euphoria. This team is ready to deliver. The final will be difficult but we want to win the final and will retain our concentration.
“We had a clear, persistent game-plan and if we were courageous and believed in our own strengths, we would win this match. That the result would be so emphatic was not to be expected. Scoring three in four minutes our hosts were in shock, confused, and never returned to their original organisation. We were extremely cool and realised they were cracking up, and we took advantage of that.
“We've won this match. We're in the final of the World Cup, against a different opponent. We were lucky that the hosts were shell-shocked. Now we must prepare well for the final. Let's put it into context: the hosts were unable to deal with the pressure. I remember once losing to Italy in Germany when everyone wanted us to go to the final. We lost in the 119 minute back in 2006, so we knew how Scolari feels, how the Brazilian team feel.”
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