2014 World Cup: Germany’s Philipp Lahm Will Look to Contain Lionel Messi and Argentina
From the beginning of the group stage to the quarter-final, Philipp Lahm was stationed as a midfielder, leaving the defensive back position vulnerable to attack. This had been an issue entering the semi-final game against Brazil. However, Joachim Low made the right decision and placed Lahm on the back line in his true position rather than in the midfield. This amped up the German defense and locked down an offensive juggernaut in Brazil.
Lahm will be the key to the championship game against Argentina because he will be able to contain the wing threat and stop the ball from advancing into the center of the box. Lahm combined with Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng in the middle is almost an impenetrable force. Also, Germany has the best goalie in the game — he’s been practically unstoppable and can play a defender if no options are left.
Lahm is one of the best defenders in the game due to his quickness and possession abilities. Lahm can track anyone in the game and can act as a spy on Lionel Messi, if need be. During the first match against Portugal, Lahm acted as a spy against Cristiano Ronaldo and did not concede a goal to him — that’s when you know someone can play defense.
Lahm can move the ball up through the middle into the effective and deadly midfield which played up to their potential in the match against Brazil. Germany has a complete team and Lahm is the final piece to the puzzle. Germany will look to continue their dominant play against Argentina on Sunday.
Collin Ruby is a soccer writer for RantSports.com, follow him on Twitter @Collin_Ruby