Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann says anything less than short of victory in next month’s World Cup would be seen as a failure in his eyes.
Klinsmann remains confident of success despite his team looking far from convincing in the past year.
“There is only one target and that is to be world champions. You always have to aim for the top,” Klinsmann said at Germany’s training camp in Geneva.
“It is important that this team does not relax and say: ‘If we reach the quarter-finals then that is a success.’ That would be wrong.”
Klinsmann, a World Cup winner with West Germany in 1990, vowed to put the emphasis on attack during the competition.
“We will not change. Even if we play Brazil we will not sit back,” Klinsmann promised. “We will try to go forward and put the pressure on.”
Germany open the World Cup against Costa Rica on June 9 in Munich before group matches against Ecuador and Poland.