When Jurgen Klinsmann played and coached for the German national team, the expectations heading into a World Cup were always the same.
"They expect the title," he said Wednesday. "It's simple as that. There is no discussion about 'Oh, how far will they go?' or setting goals. To win is not enough. This is what they expect."
The demands on the U.S. team Klinsmann is coaching in this summer's World Cup in Brazil aren't nearly as high. At least not in his mind.
"For us now, talking about winning a World Cup, it's just not realistic," said Klinsmann, whose team opens group play Monday against Ghana in the northeastern beachfront city of Natal.
"I think we are getting, every year, another step forward. We are getting stronger. ... (But) today, even before the World Cup starts, to say we should win? It's just not realistic."
Brazil-Croatia: A confident Croatia is ready to spoil Brazil's party in their World Cup opener and continue a long tradition of first-match upsets at the tournament.
With all the pressure on the host team, Croatia coach Niko Kovac said his team can deliver a "historic result" in Thursday's match in Sao Paulo.
Kovac acknowledged that Brazil is the clear favorite in the Group A game but added that few teams would like to face his squad either.
"They are not going to have it easy against Croatia," he said at Itaquerao Stadium. "We are a tricky side, and I am sure that we will show that and demonstrate that."
Argentina: Argentina's open training session ended in disorder as more than a dozen fans invaded the pitch and reached Lionel Messi and his teammates before security guards could intervene. One fan knelt down in front of Messi and started shining the Argentina captain's boots. Messi laughed, received a hug from the fan and gave him his sweater before a security guard pulled him away.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.