World Cup opposition watch: Germany coach worried by loss of form and injuries to key players
By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu
Germany coach Joachim Low is concerned by the poor form and injuries to his key players with a few months to the start of the 2014 World Cup.
The European giants are drawn in Group G where they will be facing Portugal, USA and Ghana.
Low however fears his team despite looking good on paper are saddled with several physical and psychological concerns with less than 100 days to the World Cup in Brazil.
Star player Mesut Ozil is struggling to regain his best form at Arsenal while Bastien Schweinsteiger has only return from injury with Bayern Munich.
Sami Khedira on the other hand faces a race against time to regain his fitness for the World Cup with Mario Gomes, Ikay Gundogan and Miroslav Klose all struggling with injuries.
The situation leaves the Germany team thin on quality, a cause of worry for coach Joachim Low.
“On paper, we have a top team with top quality and top individuals, but the reality looks a little different,” he said.
“The truth is not so nice because many of our players have been injured for a long time and don’t have much rhythm, be it due to a dip in form or niggling injuries, which is why we need to use these next two and a half months to improve and do everything to reach top form.
“The clock is ticking and I’m making an appeal to everybody to prepare as best as they can and to invest all they can, not only to be physically but also psychologically ready for this.
“We need a very good basis and some of my players are still showing deficiencies.”
Germany will ve facing Chile in an international friendly on Wednesday.