'Germany can win the World Cup' - Low

The coach believes his side will be major contenders in Brazil but also says he is looking forward to facing predecessor Jurgen Klinsmann and the USA

Germany coach Joachim Low believes his side can win the World Cup.

Low's team have been drawn in Group G with Portugal, Ghana and USA, and will be looking to improve on the third-place finishes they have achieved in each of the previous two tournaments.

And the coach believes his side have what it takes to claim their nation's fourth title.

"Germany are always title contenders," Low told Times of India. "So, it is not at all surprising that we are considered one of the favourites.

"Germany are capable of winning the cup this time. It's a pretty strong squad with a perfect blend of experience and youth and we have the best footballers in almost all positions. I am hopeful.

"But we are not the sole contenders... Portugal, our opponents in the group, then Italy, Netherlands and above all, the defending world champions, Spain.

"In South America, how can you leave Brazil and Argentina behind? Brazil are the hosts while Argentina have Lionel Messi. Uruguay were fourth in the last edition in South Africa. 

"This is going to be an open World Cup with no clear favourites."

In their first game of the tournament in Brazil, Germany face Portugal in Salvador and he insists their victory over them in Euro 2012 is irrelevant now.

"They are a great threat to any team with Cristiano Ronaldo in such brilliant form. We did play them in the Euros and won, but that means nothing now.

In coming up against USA, Low will be head-to-head with his predecessor at the Germany team Jurgen Klinsmann, to whom he was assistant coach before the former striker left to coach Bayern Munich in 2008.

"That match will be the last of the group and should be intense. We can talk even the night before, but not during those 90 minutes.

"Both of us will be keen to beat each other and that's what makes this game the best. We shall shake hands after the match and everything will be back to normal again."