Schweini praises CL opponents Wolfsburg

World Cup-winner and Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger praised opponents VfL Wolfsburg on Tuesday ahead of their Champions League clash with his new club Manchester United on Wednesday night.

Schweini praises CL opponents Wolfsburg
Bastian Schweinsteiger training with teammates at Manchester United on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

“They're really good. Especially in the last two or three years, they've really developed themselves further,” Schweinsteiger said in comments posted to the Man U website.

“Along with Bayern and Dortmund, they are among the three best teams in Germany.”

Schweinsteiger's words will be welcomed in Wolfsburg, where the Wolves suffered a 5-1 battering by Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich last week, with striker Robert Lewandowski hitting the net five times in nine minutes.

“If you look at the whole game, then it could well have finished another way,” the midfielder said of that fateful night.

Wolfsburg is Volkswagen's company town, but Schweinsteiger said he was sure that the past week of revelations about the auto giant wouldn't distract the footballers on the pitch.

“Of course they've got Volkswagen behind them, but they have a good team with a good coach” in Dieter Hecking, he said.

Wednesday's encounter falls six years to the day after the two clubs first met, also in the Champions League.

On that occasion the English side came out on top, winning 2-1.

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Captain Schweinsteiger retires from international football

He has won a World Cup with Die Mannschaft and captained them at Euro 2016. On Friday Bastian Schweinsteiger announced his retirement from the national team.

Captain Schweinsteiger retires from international football
Bastian Schweinsteiger. Photo: DPA

“I want to thank the fans, the team, the German Football Association, the coaches and the support staff,” the Manchester United midfielder wrote on his Facebook page.

Schweinsteiger debuted for the national team against Hungary in June 2004 and went on to win over 100 caps, playing at every major tournament since Euro 2004 in Portugal.

In his 120 appearances for the national team he scored 24 goals.

“I was able to experience indescribably beautiful and successful moments during the 120 appearances,” Schweinsteiger wrote.

Winning the World Cup in 2014 was “a historical and emotional achievement that will not be repeated in my career.”

“Therefore it’s right that I step back from the national team for qualifying for the 2018 World Cup and wish the squad all the best.

“It was an honour to play for you,” he said to the German public. “Thank you for everything that I experienced with you.”