Germany boss Loew embraces World Cup favourites tag

Updated: Dec 01, 2017, 09:05 IST | AFP

Joachim Loew is comfortable with Germany carrying the favourites tag for next year's World Cup, but the head coach has a few areas to strengthen before his team's title defence in Russia

Joachim Loew is comfortable with Germany carrying the favourites tag for next year's World Cup, but the head coach has a few areas to strengthen before his team's title defence in Russia.

German national football headcoach Joachim Loew attends a press conference of the German Football Association (DFB) in Frankfurt am Main, central Germany, on November 30, 2017. Pic/AFP
German national football headcoach Joachim Loew attends a press conference of the German Football Association (DFB) in Frankfurt am Main, central Germany, on November 30, 2017. Pic/AFP

England or Spain are lurking in pot two as potential group-stage opponents for the world champions in today's draw at Moscow. Loew talked about the 2018 finals as being "the hardest tournament so far" of his 12-year reign in charge, because the Germans will be the team to beat. "I am completely relaxed and don't have any sleepless nights," insisted Loew after a 2-2 draw against France in their final friendly of 2017 a fortnight ago. Germany are unbeaten in their last 21 internationals.

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