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The Borussia Dortmund center back says passion is the key to Joachim Low's side being successful at the World Cup.

Mats Hummels has urged his Germany teammates to display aggression and passion in their bid to win the World Cup.

Joachim Low's side will be looking to go one better than its semifinal exit in South Africa four years ago, when the team kicks off its campaign in Brazil.

Borussia Dortmund defender Hummels believes that his compatriots need to show their fighting spirit if Germany wants to reach the final. 

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"For me as a central defender it is crucial that [your play] is filled with the necessary aggression and passion, this is the key to success – whether at a World Cup or in the Bundesliga,” Hummels told Kicker. “It is only when reputable defenses work really well, and not because you have to, but because you want it.”

Hummels is likely to partner Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker in the center of Germany’s back four and the 25-year-old believes he has successfully adjusted to the partnership after some rocky early showings. 

"In the first few games with Per, I did not manage to change my game accordingly because I remember the 5-3 loss against Switzerland before the European Championship in 2012 as well as the game against Paraguay,” Hummels said.

"Now I know that I must do some things differently than usual and, because I know that, I can do it."

Low’s side kicks off its World Cup campaign against Portugal in Salvador on June 16.

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