Low plays down World Cup talk

03 July 2017 03:22:29 EST

Germany coach Joachim Low played down their World Cup 2018 hopes after an inexperienced line-up defeated Chile 1-0 to lift the Confederations Cup.

The 57-year-old opted to use the tournament in Russia as an opportunity to give some youngsters and fringe players a chance to experience more game time.

Winning here and at the European U21 Championship does not guarantee the World Cup next year.

Joachim Low

Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels and Toni Kroos were all left at home with Low being the subject of criticism because it was felt he had reduced Germany's chances of lifting the trophy.

But his judgement was vindicated in St Petersburg on Sunday night as Lars Stindl scored the only goal of the game to defeat the Chileans in the final.

The success followed on from Germany's Under-21s winning the European Under-21 Championship in Poland and provides a stern warning that the reigning world champions will again be the team to beat when the World Cup gets under way in Russia in 12 months.

Speaking about his wealth of options and Germany's World Cup chances, Low said: "We could say that now we have to think about which of the players we left at home we can still add to this team next year.

"Seriously though, we have created alternatives, by giving young players experience in such games as has happened here. Winning here and at the European U21 Championship does not guarantee the World Cup next year.

"Germany always belong to the favourites and we will be capable of handling that."

Germany are 11/2 to win the World Cup, France are priced at 13/2 and Brazil are 7/1.

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