Bastian can't resist a dig at England! Schweinsteiger questions team ethic
22:14 GMT, 15 May 2012
His distribution has long since made him the lynchpin of Bayern Munich's midfield. With the ball at his feet and his radar fine-tuned, there are few more effective operators anywhere in Europe, as Bastian Schweinsteiger has demonstrated on Bayern's route to the Champions League final.
He is no slouch at passing an opinion, either.
As the 27-year-old prepared for Chelsea's arrival in Munich ahead of Saturday's Allianz Arena showpiece, he declared: 'If you beat Barcelona over two games, you must be a very good side. The way you go about doing it really doesn't matter. The result matters.
Pass master: Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (centre)
'For me, those two semi-final results would normally make Chelsea favourites, but when you take into account home advantage for us, it is perhaps 50-50.
'It is very possible that Frank Lampard and I will be in direct confrontation. I have huge respect for him. Everything he does in the game has an effective use. It is always thought through and he is similar to Xabi Alonso, in that he plays with his eyes.
'In my opinion, it would be a mistake for England not to use him at the European Championship. He should partner Steven Gerrard in the centre of midfield, two top players who complement each other, in my view.
Final date: Schweinsteiger relaxes with girlfriend Sarah Brandner (right) this week ahead of the Champions League final against Chelsea on Saturday night
'I always think England should be one of the favourites, going into these tournaments. But you still haven't found the answer to playing as a team, rather than as a group of individuals. England have very good individuals, but maybe they are not so good as a unit.
'If England want to win something, they have to find a solution to that. They have to start playing more like we do. I don't think it's a matter of ego. When you look at games, you see spaces that need covering if you want to win. England are not so good at that.
'And you wonder whether mental strength is also a problem. Would we have crumbled if the opposite had happened in the World Cup in Bloemfontein and the referee had turned down a goal for us No. We Germans never give up, we fight to the last. We just have that mentality and we also have a playing quality. We have other attributes, as well as character.'