Preview on Germany – Mexico, Sunday 17 June to 17 hours.
Why? The defending champion and big toernooifavoriet against a team that has got it all for the thrill of the world cup. That the Mexicans can play soccer and there is a spectacular style of play to maintain, they proved at the end of last year during a friendly against Belgium (3-3). In Mexico they speak, just as we are with our Red Devils, of a golden generation. With a lot of names that are active in European football.
It is also looking forward to how the Germans themselves will be present, because in comparison with the team which four years ago became world champion in Brazil, there are a pack of new names. Mainly young guys that for the general public is still not so well known. Back right back Joshua Kimmich as a replacement for Philip Lahm. We are also thinking about Leon Goretzka, the supertalent on the midfield of Schalke 04 and next season at Bayern. Or Timo Werner, the sniper of RB Leipzig last season, acknowledged that he suffers dizziness and tinnitus when the audience is loud in a stadium. Goretzka will probably games get as a substitute, Werner is expected to kick off as deepest striker. And what form will Manuel Neuer is present? The German goalie was almost a whole season out of battle through a foot injury, the question is whether he has enough matchritme to itself immediately as the best goalkeeper in the world to throw.
The match against Mexico will be an interesting test case, because if die Mannschaft is already a drawback, is that the rear. And that was just against a team that should have of his offensive impulses and quick outbreaks. With further Sweden and South Korea in group F, this opener might have been decisive for who is top of their group.
Player to look out for? The Mexican sensation Hirving Lozano, nicknamed ” El Chucky, the deadly pop out of horrorprent Child’s Play. The attacker of PSV combines speed, technique and targeting. Against the somewhat static German defence (tiny toddlers-Now) that can sparks. On the German side, much is expected of Marco Reus, the unfortunate winger of Borussia Dortmund, who has already twice a large tournament itself had to pass by an injury. He is now finally fit and according to the German press supergemotiveerd to focus on his 29th to cast as aanvalsleider of the reigning world champion.
History? Both countries were last summer against the Confederations Cup in Russia. Therein were the Mexicans heavy beat with 4-1, but that was against an experimental and youthful Germany. The fact that Joachim Löw now is reverting to his ‘old guard’ would be in the disadvantage against the fierce Mexicans. In total bekampten them together, all thirteen times, six times won the Mannschaft, six times they played the same and one time only could Mexico win.
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