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Germany versus Argentina

Sosa: It’ll be settled by the strikers

Until the eve of the tournament, Bayern man José Sosa was hoping for a maiden trip to the World Cup, but at the end of the day, Argentina boss Diego Maradona chose not to name the midfielder in his final squad. Nevertheless, Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final between Germany and Argentina is a special day for 25-year-old Sosa, who lined up alongside Lionel Messi in winning Olympic gold two years ago.

Sosa, who has returned to Munich from a loan spell with Estudiantes de la Plata, spoke to about Saturday’s clash, what he regards as the potentially decisive factors in the match, and his future at Bayern.

Interview: José Sosa José, what will you be doing on Saturday afternoon?
José Sosa: It's a no brainer! I’ll be watching the World Cup quarter-final, at home with my family and friends. I’m hoping it’ll be a great day for Argentina. I live in Germany, but I’ll obviously be cheering for my fellow countrymen.

There’ll be parties the length and breadth of Germany on Saturday afternoon, the Public Viewing organisers are expecting massive crowds. What will it be like in Argentina?
The same. The crowds will gather in the public squares and open spaces to watch the game – although don’t forget it’ll be early in the morning over there. It's pretty much a breakfast kick-off.

What are you expecting from the game?
It’ll definitely be difficult and tight for our team, because Germany have improved tremendously in recent years. Their team is young and hungry, and they want to win the World Cup as much as we do. However, I do think Argentina will win.

Both teams have looked good in attack. Is that where the game will be won and lost?
Yes, I think so. Crucial games are often decided by the better forward line. Both Argentina and Germany are packed with attacking quality, and the team making the best of that quality on the day will go through to the semi-finals.

Have you spoken to Micho [Demichelis] recently?
Yes, briefly. I asked him how he was doing, and wished him the best of luck. He told me that all the players are really looking forward to the game against Germany, and that they’re very optimistic.