Germany winger Andre Schurrle is confident that his side can go on and win the 2014 World Cup, according to The Guardian.
The Germans narrowly beat France 1-0 in the quarter finals to set up a last four clash with the host nation, Brazil. Schurrle will face three players that he played with last season at Chelsea with Oscar, Ramires and David Luiz all lining up for the opposition.
But the 23-year old insists he won't be speaking to them before the match and will hope to gain an edge over them by revealing how each player plays.
“For me, it will be cool to play against my Brazilian friends from Chelsea,” Schurrle said.
“And, of course, if somebody asks me how to play against them, I’m here to help.
"We haven’t been in touch during the tournament because we are rivals here. There have been no text messages but maybe I will speak to them after the game."
Schurrle also spoke of the pressure on Brazil and how they deal with the expectation of millions of fans in their country. The emotion that each player carries can be easily seen during the national anthems and throughout the match and Schurrle believes that the pressure isn't easy to deal with.
“It’s a high pressure on them. You see all the people here – I don’t know how many millions are watching this. It’s not easy to play under this pressure so they've done well.
"They have been looking forward to the World Cup because it’s in their country and you saw what they did at the Confederations Cup last year. You heard it from them two months before the World Cup, they were all talking about it.”
Germany haven't won an international tournament since Euro 1996 and their recent tournament record can only be described as 'close, but yet so far.'
Germany's track record
In the 2002 World Cup they lost in the final to their semi-final opponents this year, Brazil. In the two World Cups that followed that they have lost in the semi-finals to Italy in 2006 and Spain in 2010 meaning they have reached an impressive four consecutive World Cup semi-finals.
They also lost in the final of Euro 2008 to Spain and lost to Italy in the Euro 2012 semi-final but Schurrle insists that all the players believe that 2014 is their year.
“We have this feeling,” Schurrle said.
“We are really close and you feel that everybody wants this. We have a big opportunity now to win the title. The last years, we were close. Now, we want this so much.
“The best thing about this team is that we win. We fight and we give everything. We’ve had some tight matches but we’ve deserved to win every game we have won. It’s not just luck or the DNA of the players.”
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