Lahm: Germany not on par with Spain

The Bayern Munich defender feels the reigning European champion is still ahead of Joachim Low's men, regardless of the summer World Cup win
Former Germany captain Philipp Lahm believes the reigning world champion still has some work to do before the team is on par with Spain.

Vicente del Bosque's men won three major tournaments in a row between 2008 and 2012 before they were dethroned as world champion by Germany this summer and Lahm feels that - despite their group stage exit in Brazil - Spain remains the team to beat for now.

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"I don't think that people can already compare us with Spain. They won three titles in a row," Lahm was quoted as saying by Sport Bild. "Only when Germany can achieve something similar can we say that Germany are the new benchmark.

"For me, Spain remain the team to beat at the moment and also at Euro 2016."

Lahm also reflected on Germany's performances over the past decade and stressed that it all started with a disappointing Euro 2004 campaign.

"Germany have gone through a lot to get here. I still remember the group-stage elimination at Euro 2004, which was a huge disappointment," he said. "We learned a lot, though, and developed as a team in the following years. There was the semifinal at the 2006 World Cup, the final at Euro 2008 and semifinals at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.

"The road to the World Cup title was a long one."