Maradona: Germany are beatable
10 July 2014, 16:05
Nairobi - Argentina legend Diego Maradona believes Germany are beatable ahead of
the third meeting between the two nations in the World Cup final.
Maradona inspired La Albiceleste to a 3-2 victory at Mexico '86
before Die Mannschaft got their revenge at Italia '90 with a 1-0
At the 2014 edition in Brazil, Joachim Low's side dismantled the
hosts 7-1 in the semi-finals to book their place in the title decider at
the Maracana on Sunday.
The South Americans, meanwhile, needed penalties to see off the
Netherlands at the second-last hurdle to set up another final showdown
with the European giants.
However, Maradona, who scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for his
country, claims it is possible to beat the Germans and claim a third
world crown, citing their performance in the last-16 against Algeria as
proof that there are cracks in the machine.
He told Venezuelan TV show De Zurda: "Germany is not impossible. Argentina can do it. Against Algeria, we saw one Germany, and against Brazil [we saw] another.
"But we all expected it to be Brazil. Argentina are going in
strengthened. Once again Argentine football is back at the top. The
jersey had lost prestige. Today it got it back.
The 53-year-old, who oversaw the national team's exit at the 2010
World Cup in South Africa following a 4-0 defeat to Germany in the last
eight, was impressed with their defensive display against the Oranje
even if their own attacking play was under-whelming.
He said: "Argentina did not play well, but they did not let Netherlands play well. That was so important.
"Argentina pressed them on the pitch. [Wesley] Sneijder was not
allowed to have one shot at goal. [Arjen] Robben was always pushed
inside. He had [Javier] Mascherano who was on top of him with [Marcos]
"[Ezequiel] Garay was superb. 'Chiquito' [goalkeeper Sergio Romero]
you cannot even talk about. I think Leo [Messi] felt tired and they
marked him very well, but he played well. I want to highlight how well
the defence worked, the collective work, keeping it tight."
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