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Spurs legend Klinsmann: This Germany built on Premiership principles

Jurgen Klinsmann has revealed Joachim Low's exciting Germany team has been built on Premiership principles.

Tottenham legend Klinsmann took the German job six years ago - with current coach Low his assistant.

And they looked closely at the Premier League to get their side to play in a more attacking way.

He revealed: "The players have a tremendous respect for the way England play.

"When I took the Germany job, we developed a team to start passing from the back, hitting balls to the strikers, but keeping the ball on the ground. It is a process that has taken Germany six years to learn to play but England were playing that way in 2004.

"Joachim Low and myself often went over to Premier League games and tried to implement a style that really creates more speed and more creativity.

"As a result, there is a now a generation of German players coming through that have become used to that system and are comfortable with it.

"The players have grown into it and Joachim is continuing that by telling the players they have to be proactive and highly energetic going forward, with only one or two touches if possible."

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