Manchester United’s Anders Lindegaard: Germany ‘clear favourites’ against Argentina

Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has backed Germany to defeat Argentina in the World Cup final, but warns them against Lionel Messi.

On Wednesday, Argentina booked their place in the final of the 2014 World Cup, but only just.

In what proved to be a very tactical and intriguing semi-final tie at the Arena de Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, the South American giants failed to score against the Netherlands in 120 minutes of football.

The encounter went all the way to a penalty shootout, which Alejandro Sabella’s side won 4-2 to secure their place in the final.

Germany lie in wait for the two-time world champions, and the European giants will be favourites to win the tournament, according to Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard.

Many would agree with 30-year-old Denmark international Lindegaard, who officially joined the Red Devils from Norwegian club Aalesund for a reported £3.5 million in January 2011.

After all, in their semi-final tie, the Germans humiliated hosts Brazil 7-1 in what will go down as one of the biggest shocks in the history of the World Cup.

Moreover, Germany have actually looked better and stronger; they have also been more organised and have a very talented group of players.

But so do Argentina, who have a certain Lionel Messi in their squad. The Barcelona forward has been a key figure for La Albiceleste in the tournament so far, as proved by the stats below:

  GoalsGoal AssistDuel WonDribbles WonAccurate Through BallSuccessful Final Third PassesAppsMins
Lionel Messi 4 1 65 39 4 103 6 573

The key to Germany’s victory in the final could well be how they can stop Messi. Against Brazil, they did not have to face the injured Neymar, but they must be well prepared to combat the threat of a player considered by many as the greatest of all time.

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