“real fight” against hosts Brazil in their titanic semi-final encounter
on Tuesday evening.
“We all know how strong Brazil are,” Low said in an interview with the German Football Association.
“They were the big favourites right from the start and the players have mostly coped with this role outstandingly.”
Despite Brazil’s good run in the tournament thus far, Low believes
his side are in a good position to give the hosts a run for their money,
hinting that any small detail could make the difference in their last
“It’s good when the hosts go so far, but we’re self-confident and we’ve gelled more as the tournament has progressed,” 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.”
Germany are desperate to lift the trophy in Brazil, having reached
the semi-finals of the last three editions, but never leaving with the
“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,” Low said.
“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 13 July. We’re
not done yet.”
Low then sent a message of support to Brazilian star Neymar, who has been ruled out of the clash due to injury.
“I’m incredibly sorry for Neymar,” said the German coach.
“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.”