Recife: No phone calls, no texts. For USA coach Juergen Klinsmann and his Germany counterpart Joachim Loew their friendship is on hold until after the World Cup.
With their two teams meeting in a decisive Group G clash in Recife on Thursday, there is no room for small talk between Klinsmann and his former apprentice.
Klinsmann was Germany’s manager with Loew as his assistant when they reached the World Cup semi-finals on home soil in 2006. Now the former Germany striker is trying to put a spanner in the works of their latest campaign and help his current USA squad into the knockout stages.
“We are very close friends,” Klinsmann told a news conference on Wednesday. “We think alike and come from the same region and we have always been in contact. But coming into this World Cup, everyone is doing the best he can do. So we leave the phone calls and text messages for a few days to get the job done.
“Hopefully, when this World Cup is over we will get back on the phone and talk about it... It is more than a working relationship, it is a very close friendship, and I have a lot of admiration for what he has done.”
“We are by no means the underdogs here at this tournament, but we know this is the biggest hurdle that we have to take and we are looking forward to it,” said Klinsmann.
“If we give everything we have and go that extra mile with positive determination, we will win.”