Former German international and current executive manager of the German national team, Oliver Bierhoff, has already written off their chances of winning the next World Cup.
Bierhoff is confident that Germany will qualify to play in Brazil, but he says the three-time world champions will probably only be there to make up the numbers.
That is not the message Germany’s players will hope to hear, as they battle through their qualifying campaign.
But Bierhoff says that it is all but impossible for any team not from South America to win the World Cup on that continent.
Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay are the World Cup’s South American winners, and Bierhoff seems to think the 2014 world champions are destined to come from their ilk.
"For us, it is almost impossible to win the tournament," Bierhoff told the media.
"It is a really big mountain.
"The South American sides are usually more advanced (in their own continent)."
Germany are currently strongly placed as they seek to book their ticket to Brazil.
Jogi Loew’s dynamic side lead Sweden in their group by five points, and seem certain to gain direct entry into the competition in Brazil.
And so while he may not be convinced of Germany’s chances, at least Bierhoff is happy to say that they will be there.
"We are not planning where we will stay in Brazil because we do not know which group we will play in," Bierhoff said.
"But it would not be in the extreme north or south of Brazil."