Germany captain Philipp Lahm has urged his teammates not to underestimate Sweden in their World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, warning them of the threat Zlatan Ibrahimovic poses.
Sweden had to eke by the Faroe Islands on Friday, with Ibrahimovic supplying a goal and an assist to lead the Swedes to a come-from-behind result. Germany, meanwhile, coasted to a 6-1 thumping of the Republic of Ireland to take control of Group C and improve to 3-0-0 in qualifying.
"Sweden are dangerous opponents, maybe the strongest team [that we will face in the group]," Lahm said during a press conference. "They are well organized in defence, and in Ibrahimovic they have a complete striker who can be very dangerous."
Lahm also welcomed Bastian Schweinsteiger's criticism of the team spirit, encouraging his teammates to listen to the German midfielder's comments.
"I see Bastian's comments as a positive, we should all listen to what he has to say and question ourselves," Lahm said. "I don't know if the pressure building is to blame, but we all know that no one is guaranteed to win titles.
"It doesn't matter how many times we reach semifinals, or the final, in every tournament there will be four or five teams that are going to be difficult to beat."
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