Schweinsteiger and Robben were the tragic figures of the UEFA Champions League final, which Bayern Munich lost to EPL side, Chelsea FC. Robben missed a penalty kick in extra-time, while Schweinsteiger was denied glory from the spot during the penalty shoot-out. The disappointment of losing the UEFA Champions League final in such a tragic way and losing the opportunity to become the first European club to lift the title at home has left both superstars stranded in agony in the days and weeks after the “Finale dahoam” (Bavarian: “Final at home”).
Now these two stars of the beautiful game will be back together on a football pitch, but they will be wearing different jerseys this time. It’s the time to lock horns for their countries at the European Championship in a “do or die” situation for both players in their aim to win the crown of European football. Germany started off with a 1-0 win against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, while the Dutch team suffered a surprising 0-1 loss by the hands of Denmark. Bert van Marwijk’s team is under pressure against the Germans as a second loss would virtually mean the end of the journey for the highly-rated “Elftal”. Schweinsteiger will play a crucial role in Joachim Löw’s plans to tackle the expected fireworks by the Dutch team.
The German coach has confidence in his star and he has made clear that Schweinsteiger will be at his best against the Netherlands. “He is positively confident. He has an excellent body language. He is ambitious and he has the desire to win,” Löw told at the German press conference on Tuesday. “Bastian was fully present as a midfield organiser along with Sami Khedira (against Portugal),” Löw continued. “They were in full control of the game and both of them were really good.” Bastian Schweinsteiger needs to “torture himself into the tournament” according to Löw. “I’m fine and I have no problems,” the Bayern star stated at the sidelines of the German training session. “We need to take step by step. We will concentrate on our game and we want to win the match. It’s about time that we pick up a title!”
Fans in both countries are expecting a lot from the Netherlands v Germany encounter, while Schweinsteiger and Robben will be in the focus of many people. One of these two superstars could be the match winner for his team, while the losing player could collapse under the mental pressure. Netherlands v Germany – it is a battle of the giants and the fallen heroes. But who will rise to glory somewhere in the Ukraine and who will be tragic player of this 2011/12 season? 90 minutes of football will give us the answer to all the questions.
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