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'No pressure'

Schweinsteiger says he felt more nervy during 2012/2013 Champions League final

GOING WILD: Bastian Schweinsteiger (left) and Lukas Podolski (right) share a special moment after winning the World Cup. PHOTO: AFP

Despite falling short at the semi-final stage at the past two World Cups, Bastian Schweinsteiger was convinced that Germany wouldn't fall short in their final win over Argentina yesterday morning (Singapore time).

The 29-year-old was a member of the German teams that suffered last-four losses by Italy in 2006 and Spain four years later.

Yesterday though, the outcome proved to be different as the man with the "The Chosen One" etched on his boots put in an impressive performance in Die Mannschaft's 1-0 extra-time win at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

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He said after the match that, even during their difficult spells in Brazil, he was adamant that this would be Germany's time.

"It's an unbelievable feeling," said the Bayern Munich midfielder.

"There were some matches, especially against France, when it was not so easy. But we believed in ourselves. Against Argentina it was the same - we believed in ourselves.

"We said, 'Come on guys, we have to do this' - and we did it.

"Since 2006 we have always been in the semi-finals, but now we have taken a step up."

Despite Argentina having several gilt-edged chances, that Gonzalo Higuain, Lionel Messi and Rodrigo Palacio spurned, Schweinsteiger's confidence never wavered.

"The most important thing is that we have quality," he said.

"We have quality players, tradition in our game and mentality.

"We can run, we can press, we can defend, and the mix between this and the mentality - that's the solution. Now we are No. 1 in the world and we want to enjoy this moment."

"We had no pressure.

"It was not like in London (in the 2012/2013 Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund).

"That was pressure. The first 25 minutes of that match were not easy at all, but there was no pressure in this one.

"We are the first European team to win a World Cup in South America. For me that's very special.

"We played for the Brazilians as well, so we would like to thank them for their support."

Teammate Lahm, who was also in Germany's 2006 and 2010 squads, said the class of 2014 never panicked at the Maracana.

"The team stayed calm and patient, we knew that we had something left at the end," said the fullback.

"It's unbelievable what we have achieved. We improved throughout the tournament and didn't get down when things didn't always go our way.

"It doesn't matter if you have the best individual players, as you need to have the best team unit." - Wire Services.


We had no pressure. It was not like in London (in the 2012/2013 Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund). That was pressure.

- Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger

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