Germany deny collusion with USA
Joachim Low has denied that his Germany team will settle for a draw against the United States so that former boss Jurgen Klinsmann's side can also progress in the World Cup.
Both teams are on four points in Group G and a draw on Thursday will put both them clear of Ghana and Portugal.
Low insists his side are not thinking about that heading into the game.
"There is no pact, there is no collusion," he told Kicker.de. "This is not an issue for us."
Low first joined the German set up as Klinsmann's assistant in the lead up to the 2006 World Cup on home soil, which saw the Germans finish third.
The 54-year-old took over the reins himself when Klinsmann left shortly after the tournament and he spoke about his strong friendship with his predecessor.
"We worked hard for two years and built a great relationship of trust. We have always been in contact even after 2006," he added.
But that bond will not get in the way of business on Thursday as Low looks to satisfy the high expectations placed on his squad going into the tournament.
A third place finish four years ago, followed up by a strong showing in Euro 2012, had many predicting big things for Germany this summer.
They looked set to deliver on that promise with a massive 4-0 hammering of Portugal in their opening game, but they had a more difficult time against Ghana and only managed a 2-2 draw.
Low now wants to see his side return to the high quality execution they exhibited against Cristiano Ronaldo and company.
"We've got many things right, but not everything turned out as we imagined the We have discussed this," he said.
While many expected Germany to be on the brink of the knockout stages by this point, if not already there, the USA have been something of a surprise package after they beat Ghana and drew with the Portuguese.
Low is keen not to underestimate the USA and is expecting a tough, physical encounter.
"We have to be able to defend ourselves 100 per cent," he added.
"We know a lot about the USA, what are their strengths and weaknesses."