Germany coach Joachim Low was delighted to see his young charges lift the FIFA Confederations Cup title for the first time in the country’s history after a 1-0 victory over Chile in Sunday’s final in Saint Petersburg.
“It’s an absolute delight,” Low said. “We’ve performed unbelievably well over three weeks, and today, we fought for every blade of grass as well. The boys were fantastic and I’m incredibly proud of them. Finals like that have something magical about them. A lot of the players had never been in a final before and it’s something they won’t forget for the rest of their lives.
“The second half was a hard, hectic game. Chile know how to play, but our players threw themselves in. Every player here definitely has better prospects than they did before the Confederations Cup. That’ll benefit us. We’ve still got a few very good players at home.”
Julian Draxler, winner of the adidas Golden Ball as the tournament’s top player, added: “We fought really well and deserved to win. After all, we’d never played together before, which makes this triumph all the better.”
Chile were understandably very disappointed, especially in light of the match statistics: *La Roja *had 61 per cent of possession and had 20 shots on goal to Germany’s eight.
“We played superbly and gave everything,” said Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi. “For a while, it looked like we’d be able to impose our game plan on them, as we had the initiative. But that’s just football, we lost and are sad. But we’re also satisfied because we know we can compete on an equal footing with the best teams in the world.”
Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, who took home the adidas Golden Glove as the tournament’s best goalkeeper, said: “We’ve learned a great deal. We gave it our all. We lost to a world-class team. We’re very sad, but can still be proud of ourselves. We never eased off.”