FIFA 2014

Germany-Argentina World Cup final: Who said what..

Lionel Messi (left) and Miroslav Klose.

Lionel Messi (left) and Miroslav Klose.  

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Ten of the most memorable Germany and Argentina quotes ahead of Sunday's World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro.

ARGENTINA

1) Lionel Messi:



It's crazy. Let's enjoy it. We have one little step left.

Messi enjoying the moment after the semifinal win over the Netherlands and anticipating what lies ahead in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.



2) Alejandro Sabella:



He's the water in the desert. He finds solutions when we think there aren't any.

The Argentina coach on what the footballing genius Messi brings to his team.



3) Sergio Aguero:



Germany were always the favourites, along with Brazil, to win the World Cup. They continue to be so now. We need to play our own game and it suits us that all the pressure is on them.

The Manchester City striker placing the favourite's mantle firmly on Germany for the Maracana showdown.



4) Sergio Romero:



Penalties are all about luck, that is the reality. I had confidence and thanks to God it turned out well.

The hero of the semifinal shoot-out said this after stopping penalties from Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder.



5) Alejandro Sabella (again):



Some of our players are sore, beaten, tired — the results of a war, so to speak.

Sabella assessing the state of his troops after Wednesday's gruelling triumph over the Dutch.



GERMANY

1) Miroslav Klose:



We enjoyed the game against Brazil, but we ticked it off after 24 hours. In the next game, we have to again play to the best of our abilities.

The World Cup record top scorer suggesting Germany have put aside the euphoria of their incredible 7-1 semifinal win.



2) Miroslav Klose (again):



If we do win the trophy, I can imagine that I will relax and there is a party beast, even in me.

Klose again, preparing to forgo his strict fitness regime to let his hair down should Germany claim a fourth title.



3) Hansi Flick:



We saw how the Dutch managed to keep Messi out, but we too have a special plan for him — although I won't give that away.

The assistant coach keeping his cards close to his chest on how the Germans are planning to solve the conundrum of shackling four-time World Footballer of the year Lionel Messi.



4) Angela Merkel:



My tip is, it's feasible.

The devout football fan and Chancellor tipping a Germany win at the Maracana.



5) Jurgen Klinsmann:



The best German performance ever in a World Cup!! Simply fantastic!!

A tweet after the 7-1 mauling of Brazil from the 1990 World Cup winning striker who coached Germany to third on home soil in 2006.



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