Low plays down Germany's World Cup chances

The 54-year-old has admitted he revels in the expectation that comes with coaching the national side but urged caution ahead of their tournament opener against Portugal
Joachim Low has revealed he enjoys the pressure that comes with coaching Germany but admits that no amount of preparation will guarantee success at the World Cup.

The 54-year-old possesses a better win-loss ratio than any of his predecessors dating back to 1978, which has resulted in Germany reaching two semi-finals and one final in their last three tournaments.

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And Low - who is taking charge of his fourth tournament - has revealed that his past successes in charge of the national side have helped ease any anxieties ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.

"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. I'm now able to deal with high-pressure situations very well and I even enjoy them actually," Low told Fifa.

"I'm looking forward to our warm-up games, to every training session and to everything Brazil has in store for us. Experiencing a World Cup in the world's most football-crazy country is as good as it gets, for the players, coaches and fans."

Despite his meticulous nature, Low admits that no amount of preparation will guarantee success for his team in Brazil.

"There are several things you can plan in advance, such as fitness levels, movement and tactics, but you can only plan for success up to a certain point. We can lay the foundations and that increases the probability of achieving something," Low said.

"In sporting terms [their training camp] was very good but even the best training camp cannot guarantee success, let alone guarantee that you'll win the World Cup."

Low hopes his side’s commitment to the cause will help increase their chances of winning the tournament this summer – although he refused to give his team a target to achieve.

"I have absolute faith in the abilities of every one of them. I know what we're capable of and I know we've got a chance, but I'm not a prophet and it's not my job to be," he said.

"Even if I were to promise that we'd win the title that's still no guarantee that we would do so.

"The only thing I can say is that we want to win the World Cup. We'll give everything and we want to play with heart and passion to give our fans something to cheer about. I can't say we will win the World Cup, though."