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'Moaning won't help' - Germany head to isolated World Cup base

AFP  |  Vatutinki (Russia) 

After the tropical tranquility of their base at in Brazil, reigning champions fly into hoping the rain stays away from their isolated base outside

Campo Bahia, the surrounded by palm trees on Brazil's and specially constructed to be their headquarters, was credited by the Germans as a key part of their 2014 success.

For their 2018 campaign, the Complex, 40 kilometres (25 miles) southwest of the Russian capital and surrounded by forest, has been selected as Germany's haven -- complete with a thick concrete wall to thwart prying eyes.

After the tropical temperatures of Campo Bahia, which was also isolated, the Germans expect wetter climes in the sparsely populated district far from the distractions of

"was great, an oasis of calm," said last week.

"Now we have different conditions. We hope that it does not rain all the time.

"Moaning does not work -- when you start to complain, you only lose energy," Loew said.

are not flying to to see the sights, "but to win the tournament," as put it.

However, their secluded base will struggle to capture the squad's imagination.

- 'Vatu-what?' -


"Vatu-what?" replied striker last month when asked about his chances of making the plane to Germany's World Cup base.

Loew had wanted to capture some of the 'Campo Bahia' spirit in Russia, hoping to base Germany in sun-kissed Sochi after the squad were vocal in their praise of staying in the resort during last year's successful Confederations Cup campaign.

However, instead of watching dolphins play in the waves of Sochi, the Germans will spend their days off in Vatutinki, with just several high-rise buildings dotting the tree-lined skyline around the team hotel.

Logistics were the reason why the (DFB) opted for Moscow, with Bierhoff insisting "there was no alternative".

The players will not be distracted by with the capital a 45-minute drive away. Germany open their World Cup against on June 17 at the stadium where they will hope to end it in the final on July 15 -- the in Moscow.

Their next Group F game is against in Sochi on June 23 and then in on June 27.

If they progress through the tournament successfully, the Germans would play twice more in the Russian capital -- in the semi-finals and final -- so they want to keep travel to a minimum.

The lessons have been learnt from Euro 2016, when they were based in on Lake for the finals in France, a two-hour drive from the nearest airport.

In Moscow, the Germans will be a 45-minute drive from the and 30 minutes from the nearest airport.

The Vatutinki is also close to the training facilities of CSKA Moscow, which they will use during The players and staff will want for nothing at the hotel.

Behind that imposing concrete wall, 72 rooms will be available to the players, and staff, including an indoor pool with a spa, gym and regeneration area, as well as the necessary function rooms, which will be adapted to the needs of the team. They will even have their own Yoga guru.

Munich-based Patrick Broome, who has accompanied the team at previous tournaments, will be available to ensure the team stretch properly.

"We will have optimal conditions," promised Bierhoff.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 20:55 IST