Schweinsteiger: Germany have the big-match pedigree to win World Cup

The midfielder says that his side must stay calm to beat Argentina in Sunday's World Cup final and describes Javier Mascherano as "the leader of a pack of wolves"
By Greg Stobart at the Maracana

Bastian Schweinsteiger feels that Germany have the big-match experience reqired to cope with the pressure of Sunday's World Cup final against Argentina.

His side are bidding to win their first World Cup since 1990 with a team containing many players who were involved four years ago, when Joachim Low's men were knocked out by Spain in the semi-final.

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Schweinsteiger believes that the Germans' familiarity with big occasions, for both club and country, makes them ready to beat Argentina and claim the country's fourth World Cup trophy.

"We have lots of players here now who were there in 2010 but we are more experienced, not just in the national team," the midfielder told reporters.

"Since 2005 we have always reached the semi-finals of international competitions but also we have been playing at a high level with our clubs, such as the Champions League final last year [between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund].

"We lost against Spain in 2008 but we have played in a lot of semi-finals and finals. The team is very solid now and I just have good feelings about [the final].

"We are looking forward to it. There is huge anticipated joy. We have no pressure. There are lots of players in the 23 who have played big finals. We are just thinking about one thing – the job we have to do."

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The Bayern Munich player will line up in central midfield against Alejandro Sabella's men, where he will come up against Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano. While Lionel Messi is Argentina's captain, Schweinsteiger believes that Mascherano is the Albiceleste's real leader and says that the European side must keep their cool to win.

"Argentina are an excellent team and deserve to be in the final," he added. "They have world-class players like Messi, Aguero and Di Maria. Mascherano is like the leader of a pack of wolves. You can see the attitude he has for his country.

"We have to keep our cool, stay calm and patient. I'm quite sure that, if we play to our capacity, we can beat such a top-class team. We know what we are capable of."