“In the past days, we had very good training sessions that set good conditions for the first game,” Flick said.

“All great footballing nations have the goal of becoming world champions. That’s why you are here. When you have the pressure then it’s because you have earned it. We will and must reach our limits.”

Germany, four-times world champions who also face Spain and Costa Rica in their group, are desperate to put the 2018 debacle behind them.

One player eager to do so is Joshua Kimmich, who was part of the 2018 team.

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