Ghana forward Kevin-Prince Boateng has started a war of words with Germany ahead of their crucial Group G clash on Saturday.
The 27-year-old, who will be playing against his brother Jerome in Saturdayâ€™s fixture, has claimed that the Germans are devoid of a â€œtough-guy leaderâ€ needed to help them win close matches.
He specifically highlighted their defeat to Italy at Euro 2014 and a 4-4 draw with Sweden last year as games where the omission of a strong leader was obvious, and suggests that this could be the reason for their downfall, should they once again fail to win the World Cup in Brazil.
The former German Under-21 player, who later changed his international allegiances, said: "In really tight matches for Germany in the past there was never anyone who stepped up to take charge.
â€œJoachim Low can hang those on the wall if he wants. Itâ€™s not just the opinion of one player. Itâ€™s a fundamental truth.â€
Whether his words will have any effect on a strong looking German side remains to be seen, but it has added extra spice to a match that Ghana must pick points up from if they are to have any chance of reaching the round of 16.