Durban, July 5: Germany striker Miroslav Klose believes that his
team"s 'new generation of players" can avenge their loss to Spain
in the Euro 2008 final when the
sides meet again in Tuesday"s World Cup semi-final.
Klose was part of an experienced German side that lost the Euro
2008 final 1-0 against Spain, but he said that their World Cup
clash would feature “different players
and different squads".
Per Mertesacker, Arne Friedrich, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Lukas Podolski and Klose all played in the Euro final, while eight Spaniards on duty against Paraguay – Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Carles Puyol, Joan Capdevila, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Fernando Torres and Xabi Alonso – also played in Vienna.
He said the side has improved a lot and young players who have impressed in South Africa include, forward Thomas Muller, midfielders Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil.
“Spain is still ruling supreme in Europe, but in terms
of quality I think we have improved, big time," The Telegraph
quoted Klose, as saying as according to ANI
The 32-year-old also reckons Spain as Germany"s toughest opponent yet at this World Cup, and said that he expects a tougher challenge than the ones provided by England and Argentina in their previous two matches.
“Spain is the best of the three. They play a fantastic game. [The game against Paraguay] has shown us that Spain are not unbeatable, they"re not invincible. There is a slight difference in the way they played between 2008 and now," Klose added.
Meanwhile Klose is one goal short of overhauling Ronaldo's of all time highest scorer in World Cup Competition. He will be hoping to find a goal against the Spanish side.