Neuer hails teams effort
14 July 2014, 22:30
Rio De Janeiro - Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer believes that it was his
side's strong collective effort that enabled them to claim the World Cup title.
The Germans claimed their fourth World Cup crown on Sunday
when they beat Argentina 1-0, with replacement Mario Gotze's extra-time effort
enough to secure the victory.
In the build-up to the tournament, superstars the likes of
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were the talk of the town as they looked to
carry their respective teams to glory.
However, while Messi was the driving force behind
Argentina's run to the final, the Barcelona star was unable to help La
Albiceleste over the finish line.
In contrast, Germany were not forced to rely on one or two
players, with the squad as a whole contributing to the cause, a fact Neuer
believes was key.
"Our main strength is just that we’re a good team. It’s
a simple as that and we proved that here," he told the official FIFA
"Everyone fights for each other, everyone’s there for
each other and is happy for each other. We worked well collectively and that’s
"We’re a very close-knit group and that really was the
decisive thing at this tournament. I can honestly say that we can all rely on
every single member of the team. That sense of security drove us to win the
title and now we’ve won it."
The Bayern Munich shot-stopper conceded that it was an
incredible feeling to end Germany's 24-year wait for a fourth World Cup title.
"It’s incredible, we really are world champions now. A
dream has come true for us Germans and we’ve finally won the trophy
again," he added.
"We’ve wanted it for so long. It was our time again.
Everyone gave their all to be able to win it and I think we deserved to too.
It’s still not completely sunk in yet."