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Lahm notes Sweden strengths

Germany are full of confidence having dished out a 6-1 hammering to Ireland but captain Philipp Lahm remains wary of Sweden.

The Group C leaders have three wins from as many games in World Cup qualifying and face a similarly unblemished side in their World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, with Sweden winning both of their clashes against Kazakhstan and Faroe Islands.

While Ireland posed little threat going forward and leaked heavily in defence, Lahm, who is set to return from suspension, said Joachim Loew’s side needed to be conscious of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s lethal threat in attack.

“With (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic they have a top-level attacker. We’ll have to defend well very against him,” Lahm told reporters.

“Sweden is a well-organised team with a good structure in the defence.”

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was frustrated to concede against Ireland but expected plenty more action in front of goal against Sweden.

“I think I’ll get more work against Sweden than against Ireland,” Neuer said.

“In Dublin the defenders did a good job.

“Of course I’m angry about goals against us. And I was also against Ireland.

“But we have to go on like that what we’ve shown. We’ll try to play well in attack again and we want to score a lot of goals to win the game. But we’ll get more to do in the defence.”

Dortmund winger Marco Reus, meanwhile, was none the wiser about the makeup of Sweden’s squad, admitting he did not know if veteran defender Olof Mellberg, who retired after Euro 2012, was still playing.

“I don’t know if he is still playing, Olof Mellberg. I have to be honest. I don’t know if he’s still playing. I haven’t been paying much attention to them (Sweden).”

Sun 14 Oct, 2012
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