Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn is confident of Germany winning the World Cup even though he admits that Brazil have got the better individual players.
“I have all due respect for Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo, who are fantastic players, but they still have to beat me,” he said.
Kahn has emerged as arguably the leading goalkeeper in the world after conceding just one goal in the competition and producing a series of vital saves.
“I’ve got a feeling telling me that we will be the world champions I can’t really explain why,” Kahn said.
“Brazil are probably the best team in the world in terms of individual players with exceptional people in every position,” he admitted.
“But the team with the most gifted players do not always win.” Kahn’s words were echoed by Germany coach Rudi Voller, who added:
“If the best team always won the World Cup, then Brazil would have won it 14 times, not just four. But expecting a festival of fluent, attacking football on the Yokohama pitch on Sunday might be too much to ask for.
“Finals are often decided on small things, sometimes on luck. It may be that the teams will neutralise each other, like what happened in 1994.”