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Schweinsteiger: Argentina is “a pack of Wolves”, led by Mascherano

Netherlands v Argentina: Semi Final - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 09: Javier Mascherano of Argentina gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Netherlands and Argentina at The Arena de Sao Paulo on July 09, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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The World Cup final is upon Germany and Argentina, and one of the latter’s star is preparing to battle a “pack of wolves.”

Bastian Schweinsteiger thinks his team will prevail in Sunday’s championship match, but is fully aware of the challenge presented by Argentina and its hardened veteran, Javier Mascherano.

While many point to the “team vs. superstar” debate posed by Germany’s date against Lionel Messi, Schweinsteiger is wary of the Albiceleste‘s threat.

From SkySports:

“Javier Mascherano is the leader of a pack of wolves – as he showed with the tackle against Arjen Robben to deny him a goal,” said the 29-year-old.

“You see what kind of attitude he has for his country. It will not be easy for us. Argentina are a very, very good team who are deservedly in the final. They have world-class players with Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero.

“We have to be patient but if we show our quality on the pitch and we have the necessary cleverness then we can beat this team.”

I’d personally love it if my team was described as a “pack of wolves”, so I certainly consider it a compliment. Mascherano has been a stalwart for his nation in the tournament. He’d have to net a few goals to have a look at the Golden Ball award, but there are few players more deserving of acclaim if Argentina pick up a win on Sunday.

Schweinsteiger also said that pressure will not be a factor for Germany, which has been there, done that.

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