Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes there are telling factors that have contributed to Germany’s World Cup run.
Ferguson agrees with those who believe Germany are benefiting from a mid-season break – and admitted the mentality of Joachim Low’s team works in their favour.
The Germans followed their defeat of England with a 4-0 humbling of Argentina which put them into the last four.
United were knocked out of last season’s Champions League by a German team – Bayern Munich – and the Scot said: “The history they’ve got in Germany is quite incredible. That organised mentality they have, the belief in themselves, it carries them a long way. None of the English teams have any experience of playing in a semi-final at a World Cup. The German mentality is ‘we are always in the semi-finals’. Plus the fact they get a month’s rest in January – it must help. All the England team are playing in the Premier League so they’re all affected by the lack of a winter break.”
However, Ferguson is tipping Holland – who take on Uruguay in Tuesday’s first semi-final – to win the World Cup.
He added: “I don’t think they have played anywhere near their best form.”