Germany coach Joachim Low says his side are not feeling the absence of injured midfielder Michael Ballack.
Ballack was ruled out of the World Cup shortly before the tournament was due to start and at the time it was seen as a major blow to Germany's chances.
However, Low's men thrashed Australia 4-0 in their opening game and put in a performance that sent out warning signs to their rivals.
Low insists that Ballack is still a quality player, but was delighted with the way his team coped without him.
He said: "With Ballack missing, I had to look for a solution. I was lucky that more and more players stepped up to the mark.
"With Sami Khedira, you can draw a parallel between him and a young Ballack. It seems up to now we have dealt with his absence fairly well.
"Michael Ballack was an important player who has immense experience.
"Space distribution is the key to good football. It's no use if players are clustered together.
"I would like to see offensive football, combination play and a certain culture. Combination play is not something you are born with, it has to be practised on the training pitch."
Meanwhile, German FA chief Theo Zwanziger is hoping that Low continues in his post and signs a new contract after the World Cup.
Negotiations collapsed earlier in the year but Zwanziger is confident a new deal will be agreed.
"We are at the beginning of the tournament and not at the end but I thank him. This team has brought German soccer forward," he said.
"Now I assume and I hope that this (contract extension) will happen. I will give it my very best to make it happen."
Low added: "We talked after the negotiations failed and were satisfied with the situation at the time and we did not want to enter into the talks again before the World Cup."