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Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella believes a well-rested Germany will have the advantage

MUMBAI: Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella believes a well-rested Germany will have the advantage against the weary South Americans in Sunday’s 2014 Fifa World Cup Brazil Final.

Sabella’s players advanced only after a penalty shoot-out battle with the Netherlands.

Germany on the other hand have had an extra day’s rest and effectively had their 7-1 win over Brazil wrapped up inside half an hour. This could be crucial, Sabella said.

“Some of our players are sore, beaten, tired – the results of a war, so to speak. We have a final to play, with one day less to prepare and against a team like Germany, but with work, humility and seriousness, we’ll do all we can to make it all the way to the top,” he told reporters.

Sabella admires German football as it has a South American touch. “Germany throughout their entire history have always shown physical might, tactical, mental prowess, and have always had players with a certain South American touch. The match is extremely difficult and I repeat the fact they haven’t played extra time and we’ve played two, and played one day after Germany. Germany is always a very difficult hurdle to overcome.

“We’ll see if it’s a minor issue, the fact we played after and the Germany game was decided in the first 45 minutes, so they could ease off in the second half, whereas we had to spend all the effort, and every last drop of sweat to reach the World Cup final.”

Argentina last reached the World Cup in 1986 and1990. They played against West Germany both times, winning one and losing one.

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