Germany boss Joachim Low has urged his players to move on from their heartbreaks in 2012 and channel all of their energy into the year ahead.Die Mannschaft won plaudits for its growth over the past 12 months, including an unbeaten qualification campaign for Euro 2012, but the Germans suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of Italy in the semifinals of the tournament before squandering a four-goal lead against Sweden in a friendly in October.
When quizzed about Germany's future prospects, their coach admitted that the spine of the team needs to strengthen, but maintained his belief that the nation can win the World Cup in two years' time.
"[2013 will be] the year of concentration. We have to get a few more percent out of this team," Low told Bild.
"We must do everything to improve our resilience, and by doing this, Germany can look forward to World Cup 2014."
"If something unexpected happens, we have often had a problem [dealing with it]. We've had our hand caught on the hot stove and it's burned us."
Germany has been reported to be playing the United States in a friendly in May, which would pit Jurgen Klinsmann against the country with whom he won a World Cup in 1990 and Low, his former assistant coach.