Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer is pessimistic about the current team’s chances of winning the World Cup.
Coach Joachim Loew’s preparations have received a hammer blow with several players - Rene Adler, Heiko Westermann, Simon Rolfes, Christian Traesch and captain Michael Ballack - ruled out of the tournament due to injury.
And Beckenbauer, winner of the World Cup as both a player and a manager, told Berlin-based newspaper Der Tagesspiegel: “Without Michael Ballack it will be difficult. Our team is weakened.
“We’ll have to work hard just to reach the semi-finals.”
Germany are 9/4 with bwin to reach the semi-finals, while you can get 14/1. with a raft of bookmakers that Loew’s men will lift the Jules Rimet Trophy.
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