By Christoph Köckeis
Former Austria attacker Andreas Herzog says Germany boast an "oppressive" level of quality ahead of their World Cup final with Argentina.
Die Mannschaft have impressed with their displays in the tournament so far, most notably the 4-0 victory over Portugal in their opening game and the stunning 7-1 demolition of Brazil in the semi-finals.
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"They have up to seven players from Bayern which leads to a team who very well understands each other," the former Bayern man, now assistant coach with USA, told Goal.
"It is more like a club team. And they have the perfect age. Almost no very young players, and everybody already has lots of experience and has been successful in the Champions League.
"Joachim Low managed to merge the style of Bayern and Dortmund. If they can put that on the pitch, their quality is oppressive.
"They don't always play magical football, this depends on the opponent. Against well-organised and aggressive teams like Algeria or France they were in trouble. Brazil, on the other hand, could not cope with the huge pressure and Germany exploited it with no mercy.
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Herzog also hailed the impact of Toni Kroos, who scored twice against the Selecao in the last four, admitting that it is no surprise to hear of interest from Real Madrid.
"Toni Kroos is having an extraordinary tournament," the 45-year-old continued.
"His passing is amazing, he orchestrates the midfield. Every big club, especially Real Madrid is interested in signing him and this pushes him.
"But it is hard to pick one player out. Manuel Neuer is like a wall, he gives the other players safety."
Finally, Herzog admitted that Lionel Messi could harm German chances and will have to be watched - though he revealed his disappointment with the Argentine's performances in the tournament.
"Argentina's tactics are completely focused on him," the Austrian surmised.
"That is normal. But you can see he does not have that absolute desire to run. Some years ago when Barcelona was playing this great attacking pressing, he did it, too. Back then he was nearly invincible.
"He still can win matches on his own. You should not let your team be too dependent on him. But him and Barca have been better. That is the benchmark he set. And I don't like him at this tournament."