We all know it’s hard to leave when you can’t find the door. But sometimes you pay more when you ignore the door in there.
It was clear at the last World Cup that Germany had reached the end of its cycle. They were made to look pretty tired and basic, as both South Korea and Mexico ran, and through a lineup that was over the four years between their victory in Brazil and pratfall in Russia would suggest. Even their only win over Sweden was in the last minute, as they needed a free kick from Toni Kroos to save them.
Joachim Loew had already coached 11 years at that point, which is the equivalent of 300 national team managers. Perhaps in an effort to save his ass, he booted Thomas M.üLler, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng from the team have tried to focus on the young talent. Germany, at first glance, is awash with young talent. But what kind of sign is that before this tournament Löw returned to M.üLler and Hummels, with a hat in hand, asked them to return to the national team?
Some of that must be attributed to MüLler formed the last two seasons for Munich, which was essentially a world tour to both Löw and Niko Kova.cWhich kept him away from the Munich team. Müller has had 40 assists in the past two seasons, which is an inappropriate number, although it helps when a lot of those assists go to Robert Lewandowski. And Hummels does not appear to be a key player for Germany.
There is likely to be a young and dynamic team within this Germany squad, but there are enough seniors to worry about. This is the same Germany team that suffered the Netherlands at home in the qualifiers and lost to North Macedonia at home. Something very good may have faded with Löw’s reign three years ago, and yet it’s still here. Kroos is still in the middle of the field, and N’Golo Kante Tasmanian pulled off a Champions League spot just a month ago. will You look who is first lacrosse and his friends next week?
Another problem area is that M.üller will not pass to Lewandowski for the national team. Germany may not have a striker at all. Timo Werner is in the team, but after spending a season to do so For Chelsea, he is unlikely to start. And if he did, he would bet running to the post or swallowing his shirt is safer than scoring. Which is one thing for M.üTo collect all those assists for Munich when they always have the ball against most of the Bundesliga opponents. The water here is much deeper.
Still, Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich, Kai Havertz, Ilkay JüNdogan, Antonio Rüdiger, with a massive Manuel Neuer still in the net, is almost enough to make a more than representative team. The problem is that they’ve come up with a group of two teams that will be much more than just an ‘actor’.
Oh, and there are these guys
we’re done France And her status as a super favourite. This was the team that won the World Cup without their central striker scoring a goal (a feat they achieved twice in some way) and then they went ahead and One of the best midfielders added أضاف In the world. Which gives her probably the scariest attack in the world with Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann. She may also have the scariest midfield in the world, as N’Golo Kante frees Paul Pogba from having to do all the things he doesn’t like to do with all the things he does. And Adrien Rabiot is about to link the two.
Oh, and the French probably have the best defense too. So yeah, this is the French Championship until they say it’s not.
This group also happens to have Defending Heroes Portugal. Since you would erase it from your memory to preserve any form of sanity or happiness, you probably don’t remember that Portugal was probably more boring and violent in 2016 than Greece when they won it in 2004. Penalties twice, winning over Wales in the semi-finals (what ?), then catch up with France in the final when she suffers a fatal case of horse racing. Portugal didn’t even win a match in the group stage, essentially winning one match in 90 minutes to get the trophy. Frankly, The Hague had to investigate this matter. I will maintain until my death that the Portugal-Croatia round of 16 match was by far the worst football match I have ever watched, and probably the worst sporting event of any kind as well.
Fortunately for all of us, this Portuguese team is not that team. There is a slight problem with Cristiano Ronaldo hanging over this team as Juve does, as he cannot or does not move anymore and is basically just an illegal player now. But he’s still very good at doing it, and Portugal can surround him with enough mobile and creative players to make up for it. Andre Silva, Joao Felix and Diego Jota could all play in Ronaldo’s vicinity and be a handful (Silva has scored 28 goals for Frankfurt this season). Behind them there is the only reason Bruno Fernandes should not be embarrassed for Manchester United. The defense contains half of the four defenders who just jumped into the Premier League with Manchester City in Joao Cancelo and Ruben Dias. Jose Fonte halted Lille’s surprise win in the French Ligue 1. So not only are the Portuguese likely to be savory in the front, they’re likely to be pretty stingy in the back too.
Which makes Germany’s way more difficult, as they outperformed France and Portugal first. Those lose, and their last game against Hungary It may not matter. Hungary did not escape its group in another Euro, which included Portugal, but rather won it. But then she defeated Belgium in the second round, and it hasn’t been much nicer since then – they lost the World Cup, including losing to Andorra in the qualifying process. Their campaign in the European qualifiers was dismal as well, but they found salvation in the qualifiers thanks to it being based in the Nations League, and they managed to beat Bulgaria and Iceland (making them the villain in the world). Unfortunately for them, their promising player Dominic Zuboszlai, who appeared under Jesse Marsh in Salzburg before moving to Leipzig, will miss the tournament through injury.
So yeah, Joachim Löw might be another cautionary tale about how you always want to leave them wanting more.
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Euro 2021 kicks off on Friday 11 June