Former AC Milan midfielder Kevin Prince Boetang has stated that he expects Germany to struggle at the upcoming World Cup 2014 due to the lack of experience within the team. Germany manager Joachim Loew named a very young preliminary squad that was without the likes of Mario Gomez and many other established players. Instead, he has taken youngsters like Max Meyer and Julian Draxler, who are yet to prove themselves at the top level. After naming the squad, Loew said that the mix of youth and vibrance will be key to getting success of the tournament.
Boetang, who recently completed a move to Schalke, says that it will not be the case and that Germany will struggle to even get past the group stages. Boetang will be coming up against Germany in the group stages of the World Cup 2014. His Ghana team will also have to compete against Portugal and the United States in order to secure a place in the knockout stages of the tournament. The midfielder has now returned to the national team squad after a three-year absence. His return coupled with the presence of experienced players like Michael Essien also being named in the squad is likely to boost the chances of Ghana reaching the knockout stages.
“It’s a strong group and I think that Germany and Ghana will commit mistakes. Those mistakes will be punished. When Cristiano Ronaldo is fit, it will be very difficult to beat Portugal. Germany, Ghana and the U.S.A will take the points off each other. I don’t think both Boatengs will make it out of the group. In the end, we’ll see who that will be. The German team has world class players in every position, and that is their main problem,” said the midfielder after the Ghana squad was announced.