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Last Updated: Saturday, 24 June 2006, 18:46 GMT 19:46 UK
Germany set new World Cup targets
Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann
Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann says his team have revised their objectives for this World Cup, on the back of an impressive 2-0 defeat of Sweden.

Klinsmann said before the game Germany could not settle for anything less than the quarter-finals.

But now he says: "We will not finish in the quarter-finals. Our appetite is getting bigger and not smaller.

"In a footballing nation like Germany and with the World Cup held here, it just cannot stop now."

Klinsmann, a World Cup winner in 1990, said he has never seen a German display as impressive as the one his side produced in the opening half an hour against Sweden.

"It is just so much fun watching the team play. I have never seen Germany play like we played in the first 30 minutes."

Germany keeper Jens Lehmann said that confidence is seeping through the team following their 2-0 win.

"We could have scored a few more against Sweden," the Arsenal player told BBC Sport.

"We're a stronger team and every result without conceding gives us confidence.

"Our fans are enthusiastic. There's been some criticism. But we've convinced them that we are quite enthusiastic on the pitch."

Germany took a 2-0 lead in the first half thanks to a Lukas Podolski double.

Sweden came close to reducing the deficit after the break, but striker Henrik Larsson smashed his penalty over the bar.

Everything is possible now, every game is a knockout situation.

Germany's Lukas Podolski

Lehmann added: "When you are playing you always know if you drop off a little bit you have to go with the consequences.

"We let them come back a bit and fortunately it didn't work out for them."

Two-goal hero Podolski was modest when reflecting on his day's achievements.

"My goals were nice to get but it is the team that is winning, not me alone," he said.

"In preparing for this game we grew as a team. Everything is possible now, every game is a knockout situation."

Germany captain Michael Ballack added: "With such performances we don't need to hide from anyone."

"We started well and found our game quickly and it was a sensational performance. In the first half we could hardly have played better."




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