Germany coach Joachim Loew says Spain are bound for glory at South Africa 2010 after they overcame his team in the last four.
Spain deservedly beat the three-time winners as Carles Puyol’s header booked the European champions a meeting with Netherlands at Soccer City on Sunday.
“I am confident they will win the title,” declared the 50-year-old after the final whistle in Durban. “Spain are a wonderful team. They are the masters of the game. You can see it in every pass. They can hardly be beaten. They are extremely calm and convincing. Spain were just better than we were and they deserved to win.”
Vicente del Bosque’s men picked up their third 1-0 win in succession and now have the chance to add the World Cup crown to their Euro 2008 triumph.
“In 2008 they won the European Championships in a very convincing way (beating Germany in the final) and they have been unchanged over the past two or three years,” Loew explained. “They play in an automatic way. They have put on top performances in all matches they have played and they can beat everyone. Over the past two or three years they have been the most skilled team of all. They circulate the ball quickly and we were not able to play like previous matches. We were not able to get rid of our inhibitions. They have put on top performances in all the matches they have played and they can beat everyone.”
Loew, meanwhile, turned his thoughts to Saturday’s third place play-off against Uruguay but insisted he would not discuss his coaching future.
“I won’t touch on this issue until after the tournament,” he said coyly. “Whoever the coach will be, this team is here to stay over the next couple of years. The development has just started. We have another game to play. I have got to try to wake up the team tomorrow. We will approach the match (for third place) seriously.
We will come to terms with the disappointment and look forward. We have to look ahead and work hard and on Saturday provide a grand finale, even if it’s a small finale.”