In comments reported by AS, Bayern Munich midfielder and Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger has expressed his confidence that Germany will be able to overcome Spain in Wednesday's World Cup semi-final and also alluded to a possible summer transfer to La Liga giants Real Madrid.
In speaking about Germany, Schweinsteiger referred to his team as a strong side, both physically and mentally, and stressed the importance of taking advantage of the unique opportunity to reach the World Cup final. As for Michael Ballack's presence in South Africa, Schweinsteiger commented that the injured midfielder has been "very important and has been helping the youngsters quite a bit. It is very positive that he is here".
Since Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has reportedly declared his interest in signing Schweinsteiger in a summer transfer deal to complete his midfield, journalists were eager for comment from the German and, in a tongue-in-cheek question, asked the midfielder his favourite colour. Schweinsteiger responded definitively: "White. That's why I wear boots of that colour."
As for his opinion on Spain, Schweinsteiger praised La Roja's players both individually and collectively. "Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta, [Xabi] Alonso, [Gerard] Pique...they are a great team and a very united group. To beat them, we need to be more of a team than they are. It will be a very difficult match and we will have to mark two very dangerous forwards in David Villa and Fernando Torres. They are even better than in the European championships. They don't have [Marcos] Senna, but they do have [Sergio] Busquets, who has been doing good work.
"Perhaps they have not been shining as brightly as they did in Austria and Switzerland [during Euro 2008], but they continue winning and always have dominance over the ball. The match against Spain is everything. They are probably the best team and we face a great challenge. They were the best in Europe and they only beat us 1-0. Now the story is different. We will see."
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