Belo Horizonte : Germany coach Joachim Loew has urged his players to show modesty and humility following their 7-1 World Cup semifinal defeat of Brazil on Tuesday.
The result earned Germany a berth in Sunday’s final against the winners of the other semifinal between Argentina and the Netherlands, reports Xinhua.
Loew said he felt for Brazil’s players and coaching staff, having also experienced World Cup semifinal heartache as an assistant coach of hosts Germany in 2006.
“After losing the (World Cup) semifinal to Italy in 2006, we know how Brazil, the players, Mr. Scolari and the fans feel, so we have to be modest and humble and take the next step,” Loew said.
“The emotions are great. We won, we’ve made it to the final. We coped with the passion of the Brazilians and we knew that if we played to our capabilities we thought we would win, but we couldn’t have expected this result. We took our chances well and they strained under the pressure caused by conceding.”