World Cup: 'Germany will reign in Brazil'

World Cup: 'Germany will reign in Brazil'
German national soccer coach Joachim Loew.

1. The World Cup is in Brazil, and many people have put their money on the hosts to lift a record sixth title. What do you think?

Schmeichel: Well, not my money (laughs). They have a fantastic team, fantastic players... they are a nation that still produces the flair players, good strong midfield players, centre halves, and dependable goalkeepers.

The problem is the pressure they will be under.

They're going to be under pressure not only to win, but win beautifully.

But, your game is not suited against everyone. Some teams are very good at stopping good teams playing.

If you don't have a Plan B or even a Plan C, then you're going to have a problem.

Sometimes, teams that play a beautiful game come across these teams and they don't have an answer.

I know how difficult it is when you're expected to win something.

It means you cannot afford to make one mistake. Winning the Confederations Cup is one thing, but the World Cup is another.

2. The social and political unrest in Brazil surely cannot help the Selecao, either...

I've no desire to even make a comment on that. I see the World Cup as a football tournament, and I separate that from all the political stuff.

You go back four years to the World Cup in South Africa, it was the same thing, and it will always be the same thing.

There's always going to be some political angle at a big sporting event that will cast a doubt over the suitability of the host.

If we do that all the time, you can never have anything anywhere.

So I see it as a football tournament and hope everything goes smoothly.

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