Lahm not fazed by group wobble

German Football
By German Football June 27, 2010 09:12

Lahm not fazed by group wobble


Lahm said at the start of the tournament this was the best team he had ever played in, and that view has been reinforced by events so far in South Africa.

Germany could hardly have wished for a better start to the tournament, thrashing Australia 4-0 in what was probably the best performance by any side during the opening round of matches.

However, they saw their wings clipped in their second game as they were defeated 1-0 by Serbia in a match that saw Miroslav Klose sent off and Lukas Podolski miss a penalty.

That left Germany needing to win their final Group D match against Ghana to guarantee themselves a place in the last 16 and, although it was not the best of performances, Low’s men won 1-0 to finish top of the standings.

That set up a second-round meeting with England in Bloemfontein and Lahm reckons Germany head into the encounter all the stronger for their group-stage hiccup.

“This statement stands 100%,” he said. “There’s no reason for me to change that statement because I train with these lads every day. [The squad has] got a lot of quality, a lot of talent, and everybody knows it’s still a developing team, still on a learning curve – which is why I think, with hindsight, it was very important that we didn’t win all our group games clearly and without going through the odd difficult moment. I think it was a good thing for us to suffer at least for a while in the games.”

German Football
By German Football June 27, 2010 09:12
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  1. Ash June 27, 13:42

    Hell yes! I was more impressed with the performance against Serbia than any of the England games thus far.

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