Jul 12, 2014, 4:35 PM EDT
The World Cup final is upon Germany and Argentina, and one of the latter’s star is preparing to battle a “pack of wolves.”
While many point to the “team vs. superstar” debate posed by Germany’s date against Lionel Messi, Schweinsteiger is wary of the Albiceleste‘s threat.
“Javier Mascherano is the leader of a pack of wolves – as he showed with the tackle against Arjen Robben to deny him a goal,” said the 29-year-old.
“You see what kind of attitude he has for his country. It will not be easy for us. Argentina are a very, very good team who are deservedly in the final. They have world-class players with Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero.
“We have to be patient but if we show our quality on the pitch and we have the necessary cleverness then we can beat this team.”
I’d personally love it if my team was described as a “pack of wolves”, so I certainly consider it a compliment. Mascherano has been a stalwart for his nation in the tournament. He’d have to net a few goals to have a look at the Golden Ball award, but there are few players more deserving of acclaim if Argentina pick up a win on Sunday.
Schweinsteiger also said that pressure will not be a factor for Germany, which has been there, done that.
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