The 27-year-old was frustrated by his side's inability to finish chances, while also pointing to the fact it had a day less to recover for the final.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
The Bayern Munich star became Germany's hero by scoring the winner and he struggled to contain his delight after the final
Germany's World Cup final victory vs. Argentina capped a memorable World Cup that helped provide both a boost and a level to aspire to for American soccer.
The Germany boss has been heavily criticized over the last two years but every decision he made during the World Cup has been vindicated.
Germany won its fourth World Cup as Mario Gotze's strike in extra time sealed a 1-0 win over Argentina in the final at the Maracana on Sunday.
The Bayern Munich star has been voted the best goalkeeper at this summer's World Cup, fending off competition from Keylor Navas and Sergio Romero
Five players from Germany feature as Goal selects the standout performers from football's greatest tournament.
The trophy couldn't find it's new owner during normal time, but a fantastic finish gave Germany the World Cup in the Maracana, as substitutes Schurrle and Gotze combined lethally.
The Monaco attacking midfielder scored six goals in Brazil, one more than Germany's Thomas Muller, who won the trophy in South Africa four years ago.
Mario Gotze's goal in the second half of extra time was enough to separate the two teams and give Joachim Low's men the world crown.
The Napoli boss believes Argentina boasts the tournament's most "explosive" forward line but says Germany has been the stronger side in Brazil.
After a worldwide vote on Twitter, the iconic religious statue was lit up in black, yellow and red on the eve of the World Cup final at the Maracana.
The striker believes that his side has the character and attributes to make amends for its 2002 World Cup final defeat when it plays Argentina on Sunday.
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.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
The Albiceleste coach claimed his side will have to be at its very best to win Sunday's World Cup final and refused to reveal whether it will be his last game in charge.
The Napoli forward insists that Alejandro Sabella's men are just as worthy of being in the biggest game in football as Brazil's conqueror.
The Barcelona ace is hoping that after successive quarterfinal eliminations at the hands of the Mannschaft, fate will finally smile on the Albiceleste
The two teams face each other in a World Cup final for the third time at the Maracana on Sunday, with the Barcelona star on the brink of joining the pantheon of all-time greats.
The 23-year-old, who scored eight goals in two years in Germany, has joined the Eredivisie outfit for a reported 5.5 million euros.
The German machine will need to function at a high level to slow down the Argentina star in Sunday's World Cup final.