Bastian: Luck to play a part
By Mark Buckingham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Bastian Schweinsteiger believes that luck will play a major role in determining how far Germany progress at the World Cup.
The Bayern Munich youngster is aware the hosts will be expected to reach the final of the competition, but Schweinsteiger is not fazed by that pressure.
He feels there is strength in depth in the tournament and expects fortune to be a key factor in deciding who wins the World Cup.
"It's like this," Schweinsteiger told Sky Sports. "A lot of pressure might come from outside spectators and the whole of Germany expects us to reach the final.
"But there's a lot of good teams today and now and then it's luck that decides the issue or question of whether we have a good day.
"It's not possible to influence that very much.
"Let me put it like that, but I will not be under severe pressure."
Michael Ballack will be charged with the task of leading Germany to success and Schweinsteiger admits the team's captain is an important influence on the young players.
He added: "Ballack has several strengths to our young players.
"He's very important as a leader. He shows how to deal with the media in a positive way and how to manage the constant attention.
"Of course, he also has footballing qualities. His heading of the ball is particularly good. He scores lots of goals with headers and always seems to get to the ball first.
"You can learn a lot from that."