By ESPNSTAR.com staff
After an off-colour showing in Germany's Euro 2012 quarter-final against Greece and news indicating that Schweinsteiger had picked up an ankle injury during the game, speculation began to mount about the possibility of manager Joachim Low leaving the Bayern Munich player on the bench in the upcoming semi-final. Thankfully for Schweinsteiger fans, the midfielder has since been passed fit to the face the Azzurri, and Magath advised Low to keep faith with the Bayern man.
"I see no replacement for him, neither Toni Kroos nor Lars Bender can adequately replace him as a player and above all as a personality. Schweinsteiger is needed," he wrote in his column for Die Welt.
Like so many others, the former Schalke manager picked out Juventus' Andrea Pirlo as the player Germany must keep a close watch on. Magath called on the Germans to starve Pirlo of the ball and prevent him from carrying out his characteristic playmaking role.
"The key player of the Italians is Andrea Pirlo, he sets the pace and dictates the rhythm," he stated.
"But he can often fall back deep inside his own half. If he can be disrupted while receiving the ball, we would have achieved a lot."
Germany and Italy will clash in Warsaw for a place in the Euro 2012 finals.