Hamann expects a tough match for Germany

Dietmar Hamann is looking ahead to tonight’s epic encounter between Germany and Holland and believes it promises to be a tight affair, with two sides that are evenly matched:

“No, I think that they are pretty evenly matched, as I said before I think part of the reason Holland did well in the World Cup is they’ve been hard to beat and very stubborn, De Jong and Van Bommel are one of the best partnerships in centre midfield. Whoever plays; Schweinsteiger and Khedira maybe Kroos, will need to compete against De Jong and Van Bommel because this is where the pace is dictated and where the battle is won or lost. It will be a lot of pressure and responsibility on the midfield partnership to compete against De Jong and Van Bommel.”

The former Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder is confident about Germany’s chances in the tournament but believes coach Joachim Löw has a real job on his hands to accommodate all the talented young players that are at his disposal:

“I think that is probably his biggest task, to find a balanced team because these days you need to have the right mix between defence and offence. Most of the players are flair players which we haven’t had in the past 15 years. We’ve got Götze, Özil, Schweinsteiger and Kroos, four players that all like to go forward and create things. I think it will be very important for Schweinsteiger to be on top form because he can be the one who dictates the pace in the middle of the park. He’s been out for quite some time and though he is back now in recent weeks I feel he has looked a bit flat, he’ll be a major player if they want to be successful in the tournament.”

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