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Germany national team coach Joachim Loew has expressed his optimism as his side prepare to face Spain in the World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday, citing that while La Roja were better than his team in 2008, the past two years have seen the Germans improve such that the two sides are now even in strength.

"Spain in the past two years has been a very solid team with a lot of stability," he said according to Spanish daily AS.

"They play within a system that functions much better than that of Argentina's. They are one of the most dominant teams in the world, but things are different from 2008. At that time, they were superior, but now we are more even. We have an opportunity to beat Spain now that we are on the same level," said the German coach.

Loew finished his comments by recounting his feelings after beating Diego Maradona's Argentina side. "I wanted to wish him [Maradona] my best, but it was not possible. Both of them [Maradona and his daughter Dalma] were crying and it was a real disappointment for them. I know how Maradona was feeling."