Lehmann reveals that the German national team took inspiration from the Premier League.
As England prepare to host Germany at Wembley Stadium, former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has revealed why the Germans are so successful on the international stage.
According to the ex-Gunners star the reason the national team are ahead of the Three Lions is because they modelled themselves on the most talented Premier League teams.
The stopper cites the 44-year-old’s former side as one such club, but also Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.
“Jurgen [Klinsmann, former Spurs ace and Germany manager] was attracted by the pace of the game,” Lehmann told ITV.
“He himself played for Tottenham and saw how big the difference was in terms of the pace of the game in Germany and England.
“He knew that teams like Man United, Chelsea or Arsenal were playing the fastest games all over the world.
“For him, it was a role model, and he tried to take as many things over as he could.”
This may not be very comforting to the English if they are beaten in their home encounter, as the Germans look a far more competent team of late.
Lehmann also knows the Premier League well having played 197 times for the north London club between 2003 and 2011.
The ‘keeper also earned 61 caps for the national team, even managing to get ahead of Bayern Munich legend Oliver Kahn for the No.1 spot.
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