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Germany defender Lahm looking forward to Robben 'duel'

The Bayern Munich pair will come head-to-head in Wednesday's Group B clash, which is billed as a 'must-win' for Bert van Marwijk's Dutch side following its defeat to Denmark

Germany defender Phillip Lahm is looking forward to facing Bayern Munich teammate Arjen Robben in Wednesday's Euro 2012 Group B clash against the Netherlands.

The wing back will come head-to-head with Dutch winger Robben in the fixture, which has been billed as a must-win for Bert van Marwijk's side following its surprise defeat to Denmark.

"I am looking forward to the duel," Lahm told Sportbild. "As a player you always want to play the best and Arjen is one of the best around. He has the ability to beat anyone down both flanks with his speed and dribbling even when he's known to cut inside.

"The Dutch cannot lose against us and in this game we will not be friends. Arjen will be especially motivated against us."

Netherlands midfielder and former Bayern man Mark van Bommel recently added fuel to the fire by suggesting Bastian Schweinsteiger would have been a better choice to captain the German club ahead of Lahm.

However, the 28-year-old remained diplomatic over the matter, hinting that the Dutchman is simply engaging in mind games.
 
"That is his opinion which he has a right to voice," he added. "Sometimes I find the timing of what people say very interesting.  Other than that I can only smile."

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