In an interview with Focus the former Bayern Munich striker praised the quality of Germany’s attacking options and also hinted that coach Joachim Low may try out a new system before the World Cup.
"Of course, we want and can win the title," the 44-year-old said. "Because our team has many highly talented young players with enormous potential and we have learned from the mistakes of the 2012 European Championship.
Germany is currently rivaling Spain as the trendsetters in the modern game, after radical changes to its approach to youth soccer has wielded outstanding results.
The success of their club teams in Europe (Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Schalke have progressed to the last 16 of the Champions League as group winners) means there is now extra pressure on the national team to win a trophy.
"Due to the excellent performance of Dortmund, Schalke and Bayern Munich in the Champions League and the passage of the four German clubs in the Europa League, the demands on the national team certainly risen further," added Bierhoff.
And he hinted that Low may make changes to the system they play to take advantage of having such talented players such as Mario Gotze, Marco Reus, Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Julian Draxler.
"Maybe we can develop a new game system that can replace the successful models of Spain or Barcelona," Bierhoff said. "By 2014 there is still plenty of time to try some things."
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