Lahm: Germany desperate to beat Italy

The Nationalelf skipper is focused on claiming victory over the Azzurri and admitted he is in the dark as to where he will play at the World Cup

Philipp Lahm insists his Germany team-mates are desperate to beat Italy on Friday, though he is keen not brand it “revenge”.

The sides met in the Euro 2012 semi-final, with the Azzurri running out 2-1 winners in Warsaw to continue their impeccable record against the Nationalelf in competitive football.

However, despite that defeat against Cesare Prandelli’s side, the Bayern Munich captain claims his side will not be focused on that disappointment in Milan though accepting that everybody has the history between the two nations on their mind.

“We have no thoughts of revenge, we cannot change the past,” the 30-year-old full-back told reporters.

“It is in each player’s mind that we never could win against Italy in tournaments. But we look forward now and want to beat Italy.”

Lahm has been integral to Pep Guardiola at Bayern in an unorthodox central midfield position and he admitted that Germany boss Joachim Low has kept him in the dark as to whether he will play at left-back, right-back or midfield at the World Cup.

“I assume that I will know before the World Cup, where I will be assigned,” Lahm added. 

“It is important for every player that he has a firm and clear position. But I have proved over years that it is not a problem for me to change positions.

“Joachim Low stands for attacking football. That is his philosophy. We have many offensively strong players who like to have the ball and make the game themselves.”