Germany's Lahm Backs Schweinsteiger
Germany captain, Philip Lahm
The verbal tirade continues as Germany build up to their all important World Cup quarterfinal clash against Argentina on Saturday in Cape Town.
A day after Bastian Schweinsteiger launched a war of words with the South American’s saying that they were likely to instigate the officials during Saturday’s game, his captain Phillip Lahm has come out in defence of him.
Furthermore, he also weighed in on the debate saying, “all South American sides are temperamental; we will see how they react when they lose this game.”
At the 2006 World Cup the teams met at the same stage and after Germany had won the game on penalties a mass brawl erupted, which saw the sending off of Argentina’s Leandro Cufre becoming the first player in World Cup history to be red carded from a game after the final whistle.
The current temperature between the teams has reached boiling point with the over confident German’s riling up the Argentineans at every opportunity and it is not just their upcoming opponents who the German’s have targeted with verbal psychology.
On Wednesday Thomas Mueller said there were too many Alpha males in the English team and on Thursday Lahm indirectly hinted at the English that they, at the moment, cannot regard themselves as one of the big teams of the international football scene.
Lahm believes that Germany need to prove their credentials by beating one of the bigger teams: “I have to admit we did not get through easily from the group stages. Now we have to show the world that we can beat one of the big teams.”
Whether the German’s are playing mind games with the Argentinean’s and hoping for a physical response from them will be seen on Saturday, but part of the confidence expressed by the German’s is the fact that they have the gifted Mesut Ozil in their team.
Lahm was highly complementary of the role played by him in the World Cup thus far, “Mesut is a technically gifted player and can be described as a classic playmaker, he is the kind of player we have not had for a long time.”