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"Brazil are top favourites" - Joachim Löw

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"Brazil are top favourites". These were the words from Joachim Löw's latest press conference as he believes the hosts should win the World Cup as they have a lot of things in their favour. 

The 2002 winners lead the betting as many expect them to build upon last year's Confederations Cup win over Spain and bring the trophy back home to Brazil. 

Löw, who goes into his third World Cup this June, also admitted that his team are a bit behind the hosts along with a number of other countries. 

"There are others who have justifiable chances to win, but they, like us, are a bit behind Brazil." the German said, who listed Chile and Colombia as contenders too.

"It's just the hosts know the conditions, they have home advantage, they won the Confederations Cup last summer and have a very settled team." 

The last time Germany lifted the trophy was back in 1990 when they were parted as West Germany and they beat Argentina 1-0 in Rome. 

They were close to attaining the trophy again in 2002 when they met Brazil in the final but they came out runners up that day after a 2-0 defeat. They've also hosted a World Cup since then and lost to Italy in extra time, 2-0 again. 

This time they go into the tournament as the third favourites behind Scolari's men and the current holders, Spain, and Löw remains optimistic about their chances despite the strength of Brazil.

"Logically, we have a good, competitive team and we'll be one of the favourites in Brazil. 

"Lots has to go right to win a tournament like this. Of course we go there with high expectations, but I think we can cope with that."

Germany have two friendlies coming up over the next week as they take on Cameroon on the 1st June and then they will play Armenia on the 6th June. 

With their opening game in Salvador just two weeks away, Löw may decide to experiment with his squad after many of his players have been plagued with injuries and are currently training to get back to full match fitness. 

Manuel Neuer continues to recover from a shoulder injury and there has been speculation whether Roman Weidenfeller will be given the nod against Portugal. He has only made one appearance for his country so far and that came against England last November at Wembley when he kept a clean sheet in their 1-0 victory. 

Perhaps Christoph Kramer will be given a chance to gain more game time. The 23-year-old Gladbach midfielder earned his first start in the team's last game against Poland which finished goalless.

After Lars Bender was forced to fly home after picking up an injury in training and Bastian Schweinsteiger works his way back to full fitness, Kramer might have the opportunity to fill the defensive midfield position, possibly alongside Sami Khedira who hasn't played for the national team since last November when he badly injured his knee. 

Miroslav Klose will also be hoping that he can have some involvement in these next two games as he looks to get in the goalscoring flow before the tournament as he has his eyes set on Ronaldo's record.

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