Miroslav Klose believes Germany's quarter-final opponents Argentina are in a different league to the England side his team beat 4-1 yesterday.
"We shouldn't compare Argentina with England. Argentina are in another league," said Klose, who scored Germany's opener yesterday. "The key factor is presenting yourself as a team, as a unit, and I didn't really think this was the case with England. We realised six or seven minutes in that maybe they were not really up for it and we could beat them."
Germany beat Argentina on penalties at the same stage of the 2006 tournament, but Klose said that result would have no impact on this year's meeting. "I think a lot has changed with Argentina, the same is true with Germany," he said. "In 2006 Messi was sitting on the bench.
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"If you look at the names on a case-by-case basis, Argentina should been seen as stronger on paper. It was the same with England, on paper they were more renowned and famous, but it didn't happen on the pitch. Germany are a 'tournament team'."
Coach Joachim Löw has allowed his side to take a day off and go on a safari or spend time with family. "It is always an enriching experience to get away from it, to unwind. We deserve to be given free rein for a few hours and then we can concentrate on Argentina," said the midfielder Sami Khedira.
After an early training session and media commitments the players were free to do as they pleased until late on Tuesday but Khedira still had images of Lionel Messi running rings around his club side VfB Stuttgart in the Champions League last term. "There's no way you can contain this guy for 90 minutes," he added. "It will have to be a collective effort to keep him at bay. Other than Messi they have other great players but there's no reason to hide. We do have a chance against Argentina."