Jurgen Klinsmann, German coach, couldn’t hide his delight with his teams’ performance, with two early Lukas Podolski goals and a 35th minute second yellow card to Swedish defender Teddy Lucic being the difference between the two teams.
“The mood in the dressing room was brilliant. They were singing and dancing – I am so proud of them,” a buoyant Klinsmann said.
“We played at a great tempo and were very decisive. We got the tactics right, especially in the midfield.
“I was delighted with the early lead,” he added.
The German tactics were indeed right with the Scandinavians only able to get two shots on target in the first half, while the home side were shooting at Andreas Isaksson’s goal for fun.
“We are not surprised. The team really took on board everything that we asked them to do.
“Everything is working fantastically with the team from a medical and physical point of view.
“After six weeks’ work, we have 23 players fit. We are really happy as a group,” added the ‘Golden Bomber’.
The jubilant coach then put things back into perspective, sighting a possible clash with tournament favourites Argentina in the quarter finals.
“However, a great obstacle is now approaching,” Klinsmann warned, alluding to the in-form South Americans who must first get past Mexico in their second round clash.
“We have no fear – but instead, respect. We are absolutely capable of getting to the semi-finals.”
With home support gathering momentum after each win, the Germans have a great chance of winning the World Cup for the first time as a reunified nation.
“There’s a good feeling in the squad that something good is brewing,” Klinsmann concluded.