Erik and Lewis preview the World Cup Final
12 July 2014|Tottenham Hotspur
Lewis Holtby enjoyed the Spurs bragging rights over Sandro and Brazil after Germany's World Cup semi-final victory - and now Erik Lamela is in his sights.
Argentina meet Germany in the World Cup Final in the Maracana Stadium, Rio on Sunday (8pm UK).
After Germany beat Brazil 7-1 in the semi-final, can Argentina stop the favourites from lifting the trophy again?
We asked Lewis (three full caps for Germany, Under-21 captain) and Erik (six caps for Argentina) to preview the final - here's what they had to say at the Training Centre this week.
Who is going to win the final?
Lewis: “Is that a serious question? It will be 2-0 to Germany, I’m certain.”
Erik: “It’s a difficult game. I hope Argentina will win.”
What is the key to winning this final?
Lewis: “It’s the same answer from me as the semi-final against Brazil. Germany are up for it, they are a mature team and you saw that in the last game, they are clever, they have the right tactics and they have players who know how to play in a major final. They also have the guts to play aggressive, attacking football and they will go for it. Not forgetting, they also have a brilliant goalkeeper.”
Erik: “The most important thing for Argentina is concentration and for our great players, for example Lionel Messi, to go out and win the game for us.”
Look out tomorrow for the views of Mauricio Pochettino...