Jimmy Tau: Players must go all out

The former Kaizer Chiefs skipper says players need to lay everything on the line.

The former Kaizer Chiefs skipper says players need to lay everything on the line. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

RIO DE JANEIRO - Former Kaizer Chiefs skipper Jimmy Tau on Friday said it's time for Argentina and Germany's players to forget all their niggles and pains and lay everything on the line.

The teams meet in Sunday's World Cup final, making it the third time the two have faced off in the football spectacle with the bragging rights locked at one a piece.

Tau says he expects the final to be a tight affair.

"I see it stretching to extra time, depending on how tired the players are. I think they've really given everything that they've had in terms of their energy.

"But when you go into a final you put everything behind you in terms of the fatigue and the injuries, because you might never play it again in your entire career."

Regardless of what happens at the Maracana on Sunday, Germany will end the World Cup as the new number one ranked team in the world.

But that will mean very little if they walk away with the runners-up title.

This is the fifth major tournament in succession where they've reached the semi-finals or beyond, falling short at every occasion, including in 2006 World Cup.

The Germans lost 2-0 to Italy in their own backyard in Dortmund.

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has called for calm heads ahead of the final.

"We mustn't start thinking we can beat every team in the world easily, especially as the next game is the final where we come up against one of the best teams in the world."

In other news, Neymar has forgiven Juan Zuniga for the reckless challenge that saw him miss out on the semi-finals thanks to a broken vertebra.

"I could be in a wheelchair right now, but I forgive Zuniga. He even called the next day to apologise. I don't hold grudges."

Neymar meanwhile says he wants Argentina to win Sunday's World Cup final.

The Barcelona man says he's supporting the South Americans because of his club teammates Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano.

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella will be hoping Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria will recover in time for the match.

He took part in light training yesterday after missing out on the semi-final due to injury.

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