Phillip Lahm has claimed that the German national team will make no special provisions to deal with Cristiano Ronaldo, heading into their game with Portugal this weekend. According to reports from Fifa.com,
The German captain said: “He is a complete player and we have got to defend him as a team. You cannot go one on one against Ronaldo,” adding “…the team is focusing on their whole team not just Cristiano Ronaldo.”
Ronaldo is coming out of a season in which he scored 71 goals in 67 appearances, second only to Lionel Messi in Europe. Lahm himself has had a good season but ended trophy less after two-cup final losses and finishing runner-up in the league to Dortmund.
Sky Sports are reporting that Germany’s manager, Joachim Low, will switch the Bayern Munich defender from the right hand side to the left for the tournament, feeling he has adequate coverage at the right back position. Low said: “It is very good for us that Lahm will play on the left…On the right, one alternative is Jerome Boateng but Lars Bender has been very good in training in that position, I like him there”.
Germany kick off their Euro 2012 tournament against Portugal on Saturday evening. The teams have only played each other twice in the last six years, Germany winning both games – the last a 3-2 victory at Euro 2008.
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