Bitter Lehmann on the wrong side again
PUBLISHED: 17:55 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 10:17 22 July 2010
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ARSENAL fans know only too well that Jens Lehmann is not the most gracious loser – and the veteran keeper was up to his usual antics after Germany were beaten in Sunday's Euro 2008 final. Lehmann not only castigated the referee, Roberto Rosetti of Italy,
ARSENAL fans know only too well that Jens Lehmann is not the most gracious loser - and the veteran keeper was up to his usual antics after Germany were beaten in Sunday's Euro 2008 final.
Lehmann not only castigated the referee, Roberto Rosetti of Italy, for his display, but then went on to question the praise being directed towards Fernando Torres, who lifted the ball over the former Arsenal keeper to score the winning goal 12 minutes before half time.
Although Lehmann made a number of fine saves to keep Germany in the game, he was still not happy at the final whistle, and let everybody know it.
"In my opinion the referee was disappointing, he really didn't fancy us Germans, " said Lehmann. "That is what I was telling him afterwards. He was very arrogant and in my opinion he was biased."
The Stuttgart-bound keeper then refused to give credit to match-winner Torres, saying the Liverpool striker pales in comparison with Lehmann's old Arsenal team-mate, Thierry Henry.
"He scored and that's what you have to do as a striker, but you're asking someone who played with Thierry Henry and he was a God performance-wise when he was in England. Torres is definitely still not at Thierry's level."
The 38-year-old Lehmann will join Vfb Stuttgart this week, and will have an early reunion with his former Gunners team-mates when Arsenal travel to the Mercedes Benz Arena on July 30.
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