By Kris Voakes | International Football Correspondent
Marco Reus believes Germany will find it very tough to win this year's World Cup, but insists the three-time winners will head to Brazil full of confidence that they can go far in the tournament.
The 24-year-old attacker is likely to be among Joachim Low's final 23-man squad for the finals in June and July, but he remains cautious about talking up his side's chances of collecting a fourth world crown.
"It is a World Cup, so the world's best teams are competing," Reus told Goal. "It is going to be really tough, as many teams are trying to win and so are we. I think we have a great team this year but it remains a hard task. We need to be really focused, especially on the match days."
Reus, speaking at a launch event for the PUMA evoPOWER boot, added that a lot of variables need to be taken into account before assessing Germany's chances.
"You never know what will happen during a tournament, things like injuries for example. But we are confident enough to say we want to win the title, that's why we hope to reach the final and then we will see."
The Borussia Dortmund forward is one of a number of recent success stories to emerge from the burgeoning Bundesliga. And while he believes that the league's rise can have a positive impact on the national team, Reus says it isn't yet the best domestic competition in the game.
"I think the Bundesliga was able to improve a lot in recent times. Many world-class players are joining and matches - especially the top games - are shown almost worldwide. That shows how much the Bundesliga was able to make up," Reus stated.
"I still think the Premier League is settled a bit higher, but the Bundesliga is keeping it tight. If it stays on its current level, the Bundesliga and Premier League will be of equal quality."
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