Low warns World Cup hold­ers Ger­many against be­ing “own big­gest en­emy”

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M- Ger­many head coach Joachim Low warned his play­ers that they must not un­der­es­ti­mate their World Cup op­po­nents to avoid be­ing their own “big­gest en­emy” at Rus­sia 2018.

The world cham­pi­ons were drawn against Mex­ico, Swe­den and South Korea in what Low de­scribed as an “ex­cit­ing group” be­fore giv­ing his assess­ment of Ger­many’s op­po­nents.

Low, who will aim to bring a fifth World Cup tro­phy back to Ger­many in 2018 to match Brazil’s record haul, high­lighted the strength of all three Group F op­po­nents.

“Mex­ico play at an in­cred­i­bly high level,” he told DFB.de . “We know t hem f r om t he Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup where we beat them [4-1 in the semi-fi­nal].

“Tech­ni­cally and tac­ti­cally, they are a very good team, a tough op­po­nent to open against. We def­i­nitely won’t be tak­ing things lightly against them. They have al­ways done very well in re­cent years. “Swe­den knocked Italy out in the play-offs so we ab­so­lutely can­not un­der­es­ti­mate them. They’re a tough team, they have very good team spirit, lots of con­fi­dence and they de­fend well.

“I re­mem­ber we drew 4-4 against them in the qual­i­fiers for the 2014 World Cup, hav­ing led 4-0. This game showed me that you can never give up. This time we want to lead 5-0 to be sure!”

Radhi Jaidi.

Ger­many head coach Joachim Low.

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