Germany great Franz Beckenbauer has said that no one can doubt the footballing knowledge of Argentina coach Diego Maradona and that he wouldn't be surprised if 'El Pelusa' wins the World Cup.
Beckenbauer was the last man to lift the World Cup both as a player and as a coach but Maradona could follow in his footsteps. Argentina and Germany confront each other in the quarter-finals on Saturday afternoon in what is also a repeat clash between the two heavyweights at the same stage of the 2006 edition.
Looking ahead to the match, Beckenbauer insists the people not to underestimate the knowledge Maradona has about football. The 64-year-old has been quoted by Eurosport as saying, "You can never underestimate him (Maradona).
"He was a fantastic player and no one has the right to question his football knowledge. His players will be ready to walk on fire for him."
However, the legendary sweeper insists that Germany can defeat Argentina and that their defenders can keep star player Lionel Messi quiet.
"It's incredibly important that we keep him (Messi) away from the game as much as possible. Inter beat Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals and showed that it is possible, and we need to copy their example, isolate him and not give him any time with the ball. It is Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira's task.
"This match will be by far the toughest in the tournament, but if we manage to win, then I think that the dream of becoming the world champions once again will become a reality."
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