Lahm: Germany Will Only Get Better

German Football
By German Football June 15, 2010 18:53

Lahm: Germany Will Only Get Better

Germany captain Philipp Lahm has sent a shudder through the World Cup field by insisting the three-times winners are only going to bet better.

Joachim Low’s players opened their World Cup campaign in ruthless style with an emphatic 4-0 win over Australia in Durban on Sunday.

And Lahm said Germany’s young players – led by the brilliant Mesut Ozil – were ready to step up another gear.

Ozil, tipped by many to be the young star of the tournament, made a breathtaking World Cup debut, carving Australia open with his guile, vision and movement, as well as his eye for a killer pass.

And Lahm said Germany were ready to show the world they can add flair to their famed powers of resilience and efficiency.

“These young players can play very well and every one of them can play one against one,” said Lahm. “We have a young team which wants to score goals – you could see that in the way we played against Australia. One against one in offence is a new style of German football.

“We have some really good young players in our squad and we believe we can go far in the tournament, playing the right way. This is my fourth major tournament and it’s important for me as captain to help these young players.

“It’s not easy for us to be without Michael Ballack, because he is such a great player for us. But for me it’s a nice job for me to be captain, because Germany is a big football nation.

“It’s an amazing feeling. It can make you nervous but for the young players here, playing in their first World Cup, they are much more nervous than me.”

As well as brimming with youth and vigour, Germany boast the most cosmopolitan squad in South Africa, drawn from a variety of cultures, with those of German, Brazilian, Turkish, Polish, Serbian, Ghanaian and Nigerian descent among the 23.

“We have won but the next game is difficult and important for us. We have good players in Germany, which is important. We have players like Miroslav Klose, Ozil and Cacau, and we are happy that they play for us.”

Australia and Everton midfielder Tim Cahill, sent off in the 4-0 defeat to Germany, paid tribute to Ozil. “He devastated us in the way that he opened things up,” said Cahill. “So credit to the youngster. He’s obviously a great player and brings a lot to the German team. I’ve watched a lot of videos of him.

“He hasn’t finished many matches but when he’s on the pitch he looks so dangerous. He looked like the star of the tournament before it had even begun. He’s a great young talent and someone who’ll go far.”

German Football
By German Football June 15, 2010 18:53
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