Jose Mourinho fully expects Germany to go for a victory when Group G comes to a conclusion on Thursday evening.
Former colleagues Joachim Loew and Juergen Klinsmann go head-to-head in Recife and have been forced to deny suggestions that the two teams will settle for the draw which would see both progress.
However, Mourinho feels Germany will be keen to finish their Group G campaign with a victory.
"I think Germany for me is going to win because they don't want to go for any risk and finish second," said Yahoo's Global Football Ambassador.
"If I have to bet now - which I don't do - I would go for a Germany victory, but a narrow victory for a competitive game and probably for a result which would allow United States to control their destiny and to qualify for the last 16 which I think they deserve as a consequence of what they did in matches against Ghana and against Portugal."
As for how Klinsmann and Loew would fare against each other, with the latter having assisted the former during his spell in charge of Germany, Mourinho said the following:
"Obviously Juergen knows the German players much better than Joachim knows the American players, but at the same time, Joachim has on his hands more quality.
"The United States is doing very well as a team, they have some players, but Joachim has on his hands much more quality than Juergen so I would accept perfectly that during this game the German team is more active and the American team is more reactive."
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