Draxler: Germany not World Cup favourites

The attacking midfielder believes the Nationalelf face stiff competition from four other nations for World Cup glory, while he has revealed Raul is one of his role models
Julian Draxler feels Germany are not among the outright favourites to win the 2014 World Cup, particularly due to the Brazilian climate.

Joachim Low's men hold a five-point lead over Austria, Sweden and Ireland in Group C of the Uefa qualification campaign and are well on their way to sealing a place in next year's tournament, yet Draxler is not getting carried away.

"It’s not like we don’t have a chance, I just wouldn’t call us the outright favourites to win it," Draxler told the official Fifa website.

"Germany have a great team and we’ve been waiting for a title for a long time now, but it won’t be easy to win it in Brazil, especially with the climate that’s likely to suit South American teams better.

"Brazil are definitely among the favourites after winning the Confederations Cup and Argentina probably won’t have any problems with the weather. And then there are the usual suspects: Spain, Italy and us of course."

The Schalke man then went on to voice his admiration for former greats such as Raul, Zinedine Zidane and Rivaldo, claiming that the former Spain striker is one of his personal inspirations within the game.

"Raul is certainly one of my role models, not just because he was such an amazing footballer, but also because I got to know and like him as a person [at Schalke]," Draxler explained.

"Apart from him, I’ve always been a huge fan of Zidane, the Fenomeno Ronaldo and Rivaldo too. They were at their peak a while ago now, but I still enjoy watching videos of them on YouTube."