Germany failure would be inexcusable, warns Ribbeck

The former national coach highlights the lavish array of talent available to successor Joachim Low, claiming that it was a luxury he never had, and expects good things in Brazil
Former Germany boss Erich Ribbeck has piled the pressure on Joachim Low, warning that failure at next year's World Cup would be unforgivable.

The 76-year-old notably presided over Die Mannschaft's worst managerial record from 1998 to 2000, with the team crashing out in the group stages of Euro 2000.

However, Ribbeck claims that Low cannot afford to fail with the talent at his disposal and has laid down the gauntlet to finally deliver silverware in Brazil.

"Of course I envy Joachim Low, with his selection of players," he told Bild. "I think we are already better than Spain. In goal and the attacking department we are top, while the back four certainly have room for improvement. 

"In the cursed Confederations Cup [of 1999, when Germany were forced to field a reserve team due to sports policy reasons], I could hardly defend myself, because the selection was not as big as today's.

"I think I could be successful with the squad at Low's disposal. With the current national team, it is not all that difficult."

Low's spell in charge has been characterised by a series of near misses, as his men could only finish second at Euro 2008 before coming third at World Cup 2014.

Germany were most recently ousted by Italy in the semi-finals of Euro 2012.