Germany defender Jerome Boateng has revealed he is certain of his side's progression when they face Algeria in the last-16 of the World Cup.
Boateng, 25, admits the Algerians will pose a threat, but is sure his team will hit top form and advance to the quarter-finals for the seventh tournament in succession.
"We’re very focused," he was quoted as saying on the FIFA website. "It’ll be a difficult match against tough opponents. They have nothing to lose, and we've got to be looking only at ourselves. But I’m convinced we’ll hit peak form and go through."
Joachim Loew's side face the African team after topping Group G with two wins and one draw. While they haven't always been at their best, Boateng believes they have played pretty well.
"We've done well so far apart from the second half against Ghana. It was end-to-end and totally open, and we didn't want that. But we performed well against Portugal and USA.
"Overall, we can be happy enough. At the end of the day we've comfortably won our group, and now we want to take the next step against Algeria."
The former Manchester City player, who now plays for Bayern Munich, has formed part of a solid looking back four so far in the tournament.
Playing at right-back alongside Per Mertesacker, Mats Hummels and Benedikt Howedes, the Germans have only concede two goals in three games. Those two goals came in the second half against the Ghanaians, after Boateng had been substituted.
If they can maintain that defensive record against Algeria, then they should achieve what Boateng is so certain of, progression to the quarter-finals and a match against either France or Nigeria.
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