Joachim Low has insisted that he feels sympathy for hosts Brazil after his German team crushed them 7-1 in the World Cup semi-final.
Following the record-breaking victory, Low has said that he knows not just how the Brazilian team feel, but also the nation after he experienced the same thing following Germany's loss to Italy at the same stage of the 2006 World Cup, which the Germans were also hosting.
Low was Jurgen Klinsmann's assistant coach in 2006 when the Germans - hotly tipped as favourites at the time - were beaten 2-0 by the Italians after extra time, and amongst others, he thinks that the enormous pressure placed upon the hosts of a World Cup can often be a burden on the team.
"We were shocked too and experienced the same thing in 2006," Low said. "They were shocked and didn't expect to fall behind. And after that it was an easy match for us.
"We had great hopes in 2006 too and you can feel the pressure that the hosts have in a match like this, we lost in the 119th minute back in 2006, so we know how Scolari feels, how the Brazilian team feel, and the people in Brazil feel right now.
"All 200 million people here want you to get to the final. That can cause your players to tighten up. I feel sorry for him (Scolari)."
However, Low also couldn't hide his delight at his teams performance and that they had saved their best performance of the tournament to date for the match against Brazil, especially after the widespread criticism at home following the tense 2-1 win over Algeria in the Round of 16.
"Five goals in 18 minutes - it's clear that they were shocked and didn't know what to do," he said.
“Let's put it into context: the hosts were unable to deal with the pressure. We had a clear, persistent game-plan and if we were courageous and believed in our own strengths, we would win this match.
"That the result would be so emphatic was not to be expected. Scoring three in four minutes the hosts were in shock, confused, and never returned to their original organisation. We were extremely cool and realised they were cracking up, and we took advantage of that.
"Everyone did their job today with a lot of concentration. But this has to continue. We need to stay humble. We don't want to over-rate this. We have to stay concentrated until Sunday."
Low's team will go up against Argentina in the final after they overcame Hollandon penalties last night, and the German boss insists he's ready for anything.
"We're obviously going to celebrate a bit tonight but we have to start focusing right away tomorrow on the next match," he said.
"But I'm not worried about that. The players all have their feet firmly on the ground and they won't let this go to their heads."
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