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Jurgen Klinsmann: Germany is the favorite

The U.S. coach is confident that his countrymen can overcome Argentina in Sunday's World Cup final and end a 24-year wait to lift the trophy.

Jurgen Klinsmann has backed Germany to defeat Argentina in Sunday's World Cup final, saying that his native nation "has all the tools in the world to finish things of."

The three-time World Cup champion goes into the game having eliminated the South Americans in the quarterfinals of the past two World Cups.

The U.S. coach, who was part of the West Germany team that beat Argentina 1-0 in the 1990 final, believes his former side is ready to lift the trophy for a fourth time.

"I want them to finally bring the World Cup back after 24 years of waiting," the 49-year-old told reporters. "I think they're ready for it. I think they have the quality to win it.

"But, still, you've got to find ways and you can't concede a goal against a very dangerous Argentina side so you have to respect them. Looking from the outside, Germany are favorites."

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Germany and Argentina have met in two previous finals, with a Diego Maradona-inspired Albiceleste winning 3-2 in 1986 before losing 1-0 in the 1990 final in Italy.

"Germany-Argentina is a very special final because of the history," said Klinsmann, who came up against Germany in Group G at Brazil 2014 as U.S. coach. "I think, in both finals, the better team won. In 1986, Argentina with Maradona, had the better side, and in 1990, when I had the pleasure to be part of that team, we were clearly the better team, even if it wasn't such a nice final, ending with a penalty kick and it was only 1-0. But we were clearly the dominating team in that game.

"I think, now, the favorite is Germany. I think Germany has all the tools in the world to finish things off."

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