Germany coach Joachim Low is confident nerves will not be an issue for his young side as they look to keep alive their FIFA World Cup™ dream against Ghana in Johannesburg tomorrow.
Germany, with youngsters such as Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller and Holger Badstuber given key roles, could hardly have had a better start to the competition as they thumped Australia 4-0 in their opening match.
That was probably the best performance from any side in the first round of fixtures in South Africa, but the European superpowers were brought crashing back to earth in their next match as they lost 1-0 to Serbia in a clash which saw Miroslav Klose sent off and Lukas Podolski miss a penalty for Low's team.
The defeat left Germany level on three points with the Serbians and one point adrift of Group D leaders Ghana, and means Die Nationalmannschaft could be a shock early casualty of the FIFA World Cup unless they can beat the African outfit at Soccer City.
The pressure is on, but Low is getting a good vibe from his players, many of whom are playing in their first FIFA World Cup. "When I talk to the players I do not get the impression they are nervous or worried after the defeat against Serbia. Although it is very young, the team has this confidence and inner conviction that it can beat Ghana," he said.
Ghana are a good team who have played well but we are convinced we can win this game and can get into the next round.
"I think we've digested and worked on the defeat to Serbia in the last two or three days, we're focused, we've prepared for the game against Ghana, a match which will not be easy. Ghana are a good team who have played well but we are convinced we can win this game and can get into the next round."
He added: "I believe the pressure is always there in any game. Lots of teams are in a similar situation and need to win their third game - England, France, Italy . . . they all have a lot of pressure and have to win their third game.
"Our players can deal with the situation, as far as I can see. I don't see a lot of nervousness, I feel concentration and conviction. Players like Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Arne Friedrich all give me the impression they can lead the team. We know we have the potential, the quality and the ability to beat Ghana."