Germany’s rivals will be tough, warns Ballack

German Football
By German Football May 26, 2010 20:24

Germany’s rivals will be tough, warns Ballack

Germany’s injured captain Michael Ballack has warned his country’s football fans against having high expectations for the World Cup finals in South Africa.

“After the draw in Cape Town, I said then: people should know that we can lose in the preliminary rounds to any of the other sides,” Ballack told German magazine Stern.

“Australia, Serbia and Ghana are all athletic, tough teams. The team will need to play to their limits to beat some of the great teams in the knock-out round,” said the Chelsea midfielder. “That is just the same as it was before I had to pull out.”

Since Spain in 1982, Germany have never failed to reach at least the last eight of a World Cup finals and Ballack says Joachim Loew’s side will have that goal in mind when they open their campaign against Australia on June 13.

“It is terrible for a team if they can only enjoy a tournament from the semi-final stage onwards as everything else would mean a failure,” said Ballack.

“It drives you on, it pushes you, but it is also a merciless game.”

Despite his ankle injury, Ballack has already visited the national team at last week’s training camp in Sicily, despite his injury.

With 98-caps to his name, Ballack’s experience will be sorely missed in the Republic but Loew’s young side can come of age, says the injured captain.

“Our team has a good mentality, they will not hide, they will put their heads down and go to the limits,” said Ballack.

“Joachim Loew will tease the best out of them, of that I am convinced.

“In the last few tournaments we were second and third, so why hold anything back?”

With an air of expectancy growing at home for the public’s national heroes, Ballack says only German success in South Africa will be viewed as acceptable by their public.

“Germany is a nation that has to win,” said Ballack.

“When I watched the German athletes at the Olympic Winter Games in February, I thought: it is the same for us.

“You have to really torture yourself to reach the heights which are expected of you, because you only get respect if you win.”

German Football
By German Football May 26, 2010 20:24
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  1. القيصر May 26, 21:09

    Yes , Ballack is 100% saying truth these players will not estimate to his group.

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