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Germany captain Philipp Lahm is fully confident his side will book their place in the World Cup semi-finals.

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Earlier this week Bastian Schweinsteiger branded Argentina as 'disrespectful' which prompted an angry response from their quarter-final opponents.

Argentine coach Diego Maradona hit back by suggesting Germany were 'nervous' of his star-studded side.

But Lahm insists that his side are heading for victory, saying: "We have to focus on the task at hand.

"We know the Argentinians will be a tough game, we need to be cool and it remains to be seen how the South Americans deal with another defeat on Saturday.

"Bastian said what he said, we know the South Americans are on the temperamental side, they are hot-headed and they hate losing. We'll just see how they lose on the pitch and see how they react after that.

"Since the final whistle against England, we have been looking forward to the Argentina game.

"We have a lot of qualities to offer and whenever we act as a collective unit, we are able to impose our game on the opposition, but everyone must play at the top of their game if we are to beat a team as strong as Argentina."


Despite his confidence, Lahm insists that they will not be underestimating Argentina.

"We will be playing against one of the top favourites to win the World Cup, no one is underestimating this opponent, there is no way we can go into this game with over-inflated optimism," he said.

"We have to show the world we can beat a team like Argentina. Now the big teams are waiting for us and it would be great if we can beat a big opponent.

"Teams like Brazil, Spain, Holland and Argentina are definitely stronger than England."

Against Argentina, six German players - including Lahm and Schweinsteiger - go into the game on yellow cards and are in danger of missing the semis.

"Referees have to act according to the rulebook," he said.

"We had problems against Serbia and Australia, because the referees tend to be a bit card happy, so we have to be careful."