Joachim Low’s side routed the Selecao 7-1 at the Estadio Mineirao in July and the midfielder has confessed that he told his team-mates at half-time not to “showboat”
Philipp Lahm has revealed that Germany did not want to “take the mickey” out of Brazil during their already iconic World Cup semi-final clash in Belo Horizonte during the summer.
In one of the most sensational games in the tournament’s history, Joachim Low’s men recorded a stunning 7-1 victory over the five-time champions.
Germany were five goals to the good by the break at the Estadio Mineirao and Lahm, who captained his country to glory at Brazil 2014, has now confessed that he spoke to his team-mates at half-time about resisting any urge to humiliate the hosts.
“We talked about continuing to play properly and show respect,” the 30-year-old told the Daily Mail. “Everybody in the team took that attitude for the second half.
“We didn’t want to showboat or take the mickey out of the opposition.
“If it ended in a bigger margin of victory, then that wasn’t all we wanted. We aimed to show respect to the opposition and the fans.”
Lahm retired from international football after lifting the World Cup trophy following Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina in the final in Rio de Janeiro.
However, the Bayern Munich skipper insisted that he would have walked away even if he had not managed to get his hands on the most prestigious prize in the game.
“It was clear to me before the tournament it would be my last one,” Lahm explained. “It wasn’t because we won the World Cup that I retired. I’d made my mind up before the tournament…
“People forget I’d been playing for Germany for 10 years and that I was in the side for nearly every game and I played in so many tournaments.
“You’re always under pressure when you play. I was never just a player. I wanted to accept responsibility.
“I’ve been captain of Bayern and Germany for the past few years. That means not just going on the pitch to train or play for 90 minutes. There’s more to it.
“You want to have an influence, discuss tactics with everybody and deal with everything else involved. You invest a lot of energy in it.”
Still only 30 and under contract with Bayern until 2018, Lahm admits he has no idea when he will call time on his illustrious playing career.
However, the full-back-turned-midfielder is not sure if he has what it takes to be a coach.
“I don’t think so,” he admitted. “It’s difficult and tough.
“I want to stay in this sport because I love the game and football is such great fun. I definitely want to stay in football but we’ll have to see in what capacity.”