Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann is relishing the prospect of faving Brazil in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup, provided the world champions overcome Japan in tonight’s final gpoup game.
Germany drew 2-2 with Argentina on Tuesday but qualify for the last four of the competition as Group A winners on goal difference over the South Americans.
“We would prefer to play against a big team in the semi-final,” claimed Klinsmann.
“Perhaps Brazil in the next round and, if we beat them, Argentina again in the final.”
Mexico lead Group B with Brazil and Japan fighting it out on Wednesday for the right to join them in the last four.
“We want to beat one of the top sides and know it is a matter of time,” vowed Klinsmann.
“But we are realistic and recognise we need a bit more ruthlessness and quality.”
A 1-0 win over England at the final game at Wembley Stadium in October 2000 was the last time Germany defeated a recognised top nation.
“Some people may like to go on about that statistic but I prefer to say that it’s now been years since we lost to a major team,” Klinsmann said.