Munich: Germany captain Philipp Lahm has urged his team-mates not to underestimate Sweden in their World Cup qualifier on Tuesday evening, warning them of the threat posed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker has been in lethal form this season scoring nine times in seven league games for les Parisiens.
And the German skipper is conscious of the fact this will be their toughest match yet.
"Sweden are dangerous opponents, maybe the strongest team [that we will face in the group]," the Bayern Munich defender said in a press conference on Sunday.
"They are well organised in defence, and in Ibrahimovic they have a complete striker who can be very dangerous."
Lahm also welcomed Bastian Schweinsteiger`s criticism of the team spirit, encouraging his team-mates to listen to the German midfielder`s comments.
"I see Bastian`s comments as a positive, we should all listen to what he has to say and question ourselves," said the 28-year-old. "I don`t know if the pressure building is to blame, but we all know that nobody is guaranteed to win titles.
"It doesn`t matter how many times we reach semi-finals, or the final, in every tournament there will be four or five teams that are going to be difficult to beat."
It is not pleasant at all that I had to approach the court but there was no option left for me. I am glad that I have been proved right and it has lifted my morale ahead for the Asian Games.
Manoj Kumar, Indian boxer