Germany aim to reach World Cup final: Joachim Loew

IANS| Last Updated: Jun 16, 2014, 12:49 PM IST

Salvador, Brazil: Germany`s priority is to reach the 2014 World Cup final and then think about winning the title, national coach Joachim Loew said here Sunday.

Germany, the second-ranked team in the world, according to FIFA rankings, will face Portugal on Monday in their opening game this year, reports Xinhua.

"Portugal is a great team, but if we work well as a team and defend well, seizing the opportunities we create, we have great potential to go far," Loew said.

Germany, having won 12 of their 17 opening matches and lost only once, a 2-1 to Algeria loss in 1982, have the confidence to move on in this World Cup.

"We have quality and talent. In these last several days, during practice, I felt certain expectation and tension. Everyone is more excited, and we are ready for the World Cup," said Loew.

Germany are in a tough group, with Ghana, US and Portugal.