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Klinsmann Pleased With "Helpful" Draw
Germany coach Jürgen Klinsmann was upbeat about his team's chances after Friday night's World Cup draw in Leipzig, but was quick to play-up the dangers of Costa Rica, Poland, and Ecuador.
Hosts Germany were drawn in Group A and will face Costa Rica in the opening match of the tournament in Munich on June 9. "Every game will be a huge challenge but it could have been worse," said Klinsmann. "We’re happy. We think this group is absolutely do-able. Every opponent will be difficult. We know that. There are none that one can underestimate. Ecuador will be tough as they beat Brazil in qualification. Costa Rica were third behind the U.S. and Mexico and naturally Poland will also be hard. They played very well to qualify in England’s group."
The derby match with Poland will be one of the highlights of the first phase, with both nations expected to progress from the group. "It will be hard but now we have something tangible to aim at and work for," added the Bundestrainer. "We want to get the public on our side as we have a young team. They need the support and I think the draw has been helpful."
While Germany will naturally be among the very top favourites to win the World Cup, some of the representatives of the remaining nations in Group A were less than thrilled at the prospect of facing the three-time world champions on their own turf.
Costa Rica coach Alexandre Guimaraez said: "It’s our debut and we’re representing four million Costa Ricans who have been waiting to see their team in the World Cup. Of course we hope to do as well as possible." Poland coach Pawel Janas added: "I’m confident of our chances. It will be difficult. It’s a pity we didn’t get the opening match. We’ve improved quite a bit as a team and hope we can perform better than in the past." Ecuador defender Ulises de la Cruz said: "It’s difficult but not frightening, apart from the hosts. Against the other sides, we’ve got a chance, we just have to be in a competitive frame of mind."
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