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Mascherano 'a wolf' - Bastian

Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has compared Argentina to a pack of wolves, with Javier Mascherano as its leader.

As the two nations prepare to clash in the World Cup final on Sunday - a rematch of the dramatic Italia '90 climax in which Germany last won the trophy - Schweinsteiger admitted their opponents are dangerous.

But having shattered Brazil's dream of winning the trophy in their own country with a 7-1 thrashing in the semi-final, Schweinsteiger believes his side just need to "get the job done".

"Javier Mascherano is the leader of a pack of wolves - as he showed with the tackle against Arjen Robben to deny him a goal," said the 29-year-old.

"You see what kind of attitude he has for his country. It will not be easy for us. Argentina are a very, very good team who are deservedly in the final. They have world-class players with Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero.

"We have to be patient but if we show our quality on the pitch and we have the necessary cleverness then we can beat this team.

"We are in very good shape, as we were against Brazil, but we know that this is a different game.

"I don't think that we have any pressure. We have a lot of players who have played finals at the top level we know how to deal with the situation, even though we have only one player who has played in the World Cup final.

"We only think of one thing - to get the job done. When the whistle blows, the head will only have to think about playing football."