Germany's Joachim Loew: Spain to Win World Cup

Sports | July 8, 2010, Thursday // 08:38|  views

"We had great plans but it didn't work out," commented Loew, whose team also lost to Spain in the final of Euro 2008. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Germany coach Joachim Loew has tipped Spain to win the World Cup after they overcame his side Wednesday evening.

"Compliments to Spain, I believe they will win this tournament," said Loew.

"They've been the best team for a few years. They circulate the ball well and you just can't keep up with them. We couldn't play the way we like to."

Spain triumphed over Germany in the second semi-final of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with a minimal 1:0 victory. The semi-final match was dominated by the Spanish for the most part as the Germans failed to show much of the zeal and skill they demonstrated against Argentina in the quarter final.

"We had great plans but it didn't work out," commented Loew, whose team also lost to Spain in the final of Euro 2008. "Spain have won all the big games in the last year.

"Spain are a wonderful team who have played together now for two or three years. I am sure the Spanish can win any game because they are dominant and it's hard to contain their attack.

"They are the masters of the game. You can see it in every pass. They can hardly be beaten. They are extremely calm and convincing. Spain were just better than we were and they deserved to win.

"In 2008 they won the European Championships in a very convincing way and they have been unchanged over the past two or three years. They play in an automatic way and I am confident they will win the title."

Talking about Saturday's third place play-off against Uruguay, Loew said the team needs to approach the match serious and insisted he would not discuss his future.

"I have got to try to wake up the team tomorrow," the 50-year-old added. "We have another game to play. We will approach the match seriously.

"We will come to terms with the disappointment and look forward. We have to look ahead and work hard and on Saturday provide a grand finale, if even a small finale.

"I won't touch on this issue [my future] until after the tournament. Whoever the coach will be this team is here to stay over the next couple of years. The development has just started."

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