Miroslav Klose recognises the need for high levels of fitness if Germany are to have any chance of World Cup success, reports Sky
Klose, at 36 years old and entering his fourth World Cup, is one of the most experienced players in the tournament, and is part of a Germany squad containing a number of veterans. The Poland-born striker has shared his concerns that the climate will make for a formidable obstacle for the European teams to overcome.
Klose has played in Italy for Lazio since 2011, and says that his Italian team mates who took part in the Confederations Cup last summer reported to be struggling after just 20 minutes in their matches. The heat and humidity will certainly be unfamiliar for many.
The striker said: “You need a fit team to go to Brazil and push themselves to the limits.” He claims the conditions will give the south American teams a major advantage, a theory supported by history – no European team has ever won a World Cup played in South America.
As well as helping his team towards the title, Klose also has a personal target in mind. Last week in a friendly against Armenia, he became his adopted country’s all-time leading international goalscorer with 69 strikes. However, he also needs just two goals in this tournament to beat Ronaldo’s record and become the most prolific striker in World Cup finals too.