Joachim Low, the German national team coach, was full of praise for rivals Spain after they played a 1-1 draw in an international friendly on Friday. The tactician hailed the La Roja for their beautiful football and compactness. He expressed pleasure at the side's response to pressure saying they gave his charges a run for their money.
“Both teams played very well, it was a great test against a team on par with us,” Low said after the game.
“Both teams wanted to attack, pressing each other. They made it hard for us to play at times, but we took risks and I can draw good conclusions from that.
“I’m very happy with our high level of performance. Anyone who thinks it’s easy to beat another World Cup team is wrong.
“Spain and their club teams play at the highest level in Europe, and you can tell that their players have been playing together for a long time, with automatisms that work perfectly.
“They respond to pressure with calmness and tranquillity, plus they know how to play very good football. They’ll have an important role to play at the World Cup."
Rodrigo Moreno put Spain ahead after six minutes, but Thomas Mueller levelled for the hosts in his 90th international cap.