Former Schalke 04 and Germany star Gerald Asamoah believes that Joachim Low’s side can “become World Champions,” this summer.
The Ghana born striker, who reached the final in 2002 and the last four in 2006, has admitted that the time is ripe for the current Germany team to deliver the nation its first World Cup title since 1990. West Germany, as they were known back then, recorded a 1-0 victory over Argentina to win their third World Cup title, but have since then only managed to reach one final and two consecutive semi-finals.
Low, who earlier today submitted a provisional list of 30 players for the tournament, has injected a large amount of youth into his squad, and Asamoah, who won 43 caps for his adoptive country between 2001-2006, feels that it is Germany’s time to shine, but reiterates that it won’t be easy for them.
He told Bundesliga.com: “I felt we could have won it in 2010, but we have an even better chance this time around. The boys have matured, plus a number of quality players have come through.
“I firmly believe Germany can become World Champions, although they’re of course not the only ones to have improved.
The 35-year-old, who came on as a 77th minute substitute in the 2-0 defeat to Brazil at the 2002 FIFA World Cup final, believes that the five times winners will be one of the countries to stand in their way of international redemption.
“I think that Brazil are most likely to clinch it, but Germany are right there amongst the very top sides.”
Expectations for the tournament in Brazil have never been so mixed with the majority of the German population believing that the Low’s side are lacking in significant areas.
One of these includes the Eagles jittery defence, which conceded ten goals from ten games in their World Cup qualification campaign, including a home fixture against Sweden where the back-line shipped four goals in thirty minutes.
The former Hannover 96 player feels that the defence will gradually improve with time.
He said: “Germany haven’t been very solid at the back. However, there’s still a month to go which should give the lads time to get used to each other.
“If the defenders manage to develop a good understanding then there isn’t too much to worry about.”
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