Low calm before World Cup kick-off

The Germany coach has emphasised the importance of a composed build-up to the tournament in Brazil and says everything is now in place for his side
Joachim Low has insisted that he is totally calm ahead of the World Cup and says he wants to keep emotions at a minimum as he prepares his Germany squad to travel to Brazil.

Ahead of his second World Cup as coach of Die Mannschaft, Low also said he would not be changing any of his pre-match preparations for South America.

"I even drink a cup of espresso in the changing room shortly before kick-off,” Low told reporters. “Then I go out and soak up the atmosphere.

“That's it then. I am calm at this stage, because the work is done.

“Nervousness of the coach would immediately spread to the players. Hustle and bustle can only arise if a player is injured during the warm-up.”

Germany fly to Brazil on Saturday, a week ahead of their opening fixture against Portugal in Group G, following a friendly tie against Armenia on Friday.

And Low maintained that his side would play no easy games in the World Cup and would have to do their best to cope with the extra rigours of the tournament.

"There are no walkovers in the World Cup, epecially not in this group," said the 54-year-old. "Portugal, USA and Ghana are at the top level internationally, but we will accept the role as favourites.

“You have to have respect - for the heat, high humidity and travel hardships. But complaining won't work. We cannot change these things – we can prepare for them. And we do that."