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Lahm slams England flops
Published : 01 Jul 2010 14:30:03
Germany skipper Philip Lahm has delivered a withering put-down to England by claiming his side "now have to beat a big team".
As Fabio Capello and his players continue to lick their wounds following their brutal defeat in Bloemfontein last weekend the Germans are preparing for a quarter-final meeting with Argentina in Cape Town on Saturday.
"Now we are up against our own big five," said Lahm, with reference to the jungle animals that are such a prominent feature of life in South Africa. "We have to show we can finally beat a big team - someone like Argentina, Brazil or Spain."
He added: "Definitely, these are bigger opponents than England."
The statement was as simple as it was damning. Quite possibly Lahm did not realise exactly how effective it was in slapping England down to size, having gone out of the competition at the same stage as South Korea, Japan and Mexico.
And it did not stop there.
In analysing Argentina's talents, general manager Oliver Bierhoff admitted Germany will have a far harder task finding fault with the South Americans than they did with Capello's team.
"It is not going to be easy on Saturday because Argentina are a stronger side than England," said Bierhoff.
"There were some obvious English weaknesses that had all been there in the group stages.
"Argentina are much more powerful and stronger. They have very few weaknesses - although there must be some."