Vol. 5 Num 382 Fri. June 24, 2005  

Lucio can't wait

Brazilian international defen-der Lucio is determined to defeat Germany in Saturday's Confederations Cup semi-final to win bragging rights in the Bayern Munich dressing room.

Bayern duo Ze Roberto and Lucio come face-to-face with several of their club team-mates in the Nuremberg semi-final and while patriotic pride is at stake the tongue-in-cheek comments next season at Bayern are also important.

"I cannot wait to face my Bayern team-mates," enthused Lucio. "I cannot bear the thought of losing against (Michael) Ballack, (Bastian) Schweinsteiger, (Oliver) Kahn and (Sebastian) Deisler."

Schweinsteiger is actually suspended for the match and goalkeeper Kahn will miss out with Jens Lehmann in goal but Deisler and captain Ballack are two Bayern stars set to start.

"I have a lot of respect for the Germany midfield and an attack that is always capable of getting a goal," lauded Lucio.

Germany average three goals a game in the Confederations Cup but Lucio hopes his inside knowledge can aid the Brazilian cause.

"My Bayern team-mate Ze Roberto and I can offer a few tips but our coach (Carlos Alberto Parreira) has the Germany players on video anyhow," Lucio declared.

The physical condition of the Brazilian players has come under the microscope following the 2-2 group draw with Japan and Lucio admits the legs are tired after a long season.

"We are all tired and need to rest but the most important thing is we have reached the semi-final," said the former Bayer Leverkusen man.

"I am highly motivated although it will be difficult as Germany have home suppport."

The match is the first time Brazil and Germany have met in a competitive match since the 2002 World Cup final when Brazil triumphed 2-0, with Ronaldo scoring both goals.