Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Germany can hit the right notes, says Joachim Low

Joachim Low can't get any satisfaction from knowing Mick Jagger is backing Germany to beat Argentina in today's World Cup quarter-final.

The legendary Rolling Stones front-man was in Bloemfontein to watch the Germans dump England out of the competition last Sunday and was impressed enough to declare Low's young side are his tip to go all the way.

Given his past record, it is not something Germany should be that comfortable with.

And Low is happy to steer away from good luck charms and ensure his players are totally focused on their tussle with Diego Maradona's unbeaten outfit.

“We can't bet any money on Mick Jagger's predictions because he's been wrong several times,” laughed Low. “Instead we have to concentrate on what the Argentinian team have shown so far.

“They have won all their games, and in terms of numbers, they are almost incomparable attacking players. They have some incredibly talented strikers who don't even make it into the side, like Diego Milito.”

Prior to the World Cup starting three weeks ago, the star names were all South American. Now Germany have a couple in there as well, including Mesut Ozil.

Low is very wary about putting too much expectation on the youngster's shoulders given he must now go head-to-head with Lionel Messi. “You cannot compare such players,” countered Low. “Messi has a lot more experience. He has been with Barcelona for many years and has won the Champions League and La Liga titles.”

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