USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann says he is battle-hardened to face Ghana, Portugal and Germany in Group G at next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
The Germany legend will have to find an antidote of stopping Ghana, a side the Americans have never beaten in two consecutive meetings in the final.
Klinsmann, a member of Germany’s 1990 World Cup winning team, will also face his native in the Group.
At the 2006 World Cup finals on home soil, Klinsmann led Die Mannschaft to win bronze and his assistant at that time Joachim Low is now in-charge.
“I had a feeling in my stomach we’d get Germany. It’s one of the most difficult groups in the whole draw,” Klinsmann said.
“Including having Portugal and Ronaldo, Ghana’s history with USA and of course Germany it couldn’t get more difficult or any bigger.
“But that’s what the World Cup is about and we’ll take it. Hopefully we’ll surprise some people there.
“We’re going to be prepared were going to be confident. Winning in Italy, getting a result in Russia will help us in our preparations.”
USA open their campaign against Ghana on 16 June before engaging Portugal and Germany.