Confederations Cup Final Preview: Germany

The Story So Far

Germany has shown throughout this Confederations Cup why they are World Champions. The scary thing is this isn’t even the team that won the World Cup three years ago.

They accounted for both Australia and Cameroon pretty comfortably despite the score line against the team from down under. They struggled early against Chile where they were unable to match the high intensity set by their South American opponents but as the game wore on they found themselves in more control.

The crushing victory over Cameroon and the draw between Chile and Australia meant that Germany topped Group B avoiding a clash with Portugal and instead lining up a showdown with the less favoured Mexico.

If anything the semi-final match up against the CONCACAF supremos was a warm up for the final as the European giants swept aside El Tri 4-1. Germany were once again flexing their muscles when it comes to youth development with Leon Goretzka, Timo Werner and Benjamin Henrichs dismantling Mexico all within the first ten minutes of the match.

It means that Germany reached their first Confederations Cup final against a side they are yet to beat in Chile.

They’ll Beat Chile Because

The Germans’ football machine continues to roll on and it will be no surprise to see them in the final of the World Cup in a year’s time. They will beat Chile on Monday morning simply out of trial and error. In their first meeting Germany were out paced, played and enthused throughout most of the match against a somewhat aging Chile side and yet the game still finished a stalemate. All Germany would need to do in the final is match or better the effort the Chileans. It’s also worth noting that despite reaching the finals the Chileans haven’t produced many goals, only scoring three goals all tournament to the German’s eleven. 

Key Player

Germany will feel confident that they can overcome this stubborn Chile side but they will need some of their “older” guard to step up. One such player is PSG playmaker Julian Draxler. The captain has been quietly underachieving this Confederations Cup preferring to pull the strings and allow other youngsters around him to have their time in the sun, but he may need to step up an extra gear for the final. The former Wolfsburg talent is very capable of doing this with his performance level this competition still far ahead of most.

Injuries/suspensions

None to note both sides as they will both go in full strength ahead of the final.

Prediction

Germany to win but not without a fight. As mentioned before they won’t afford the Chileans as much disrespect as they did on the first occasion and will look to negate the strengths of South American outfit. However this Chile side aren’t back-to-back winners of the Copa America without reason and will fight to the very last whistle but the class of Germany will eventually see through.

Germany to win 2-0! Goals from Julian Draxler and Leon Goretzka will be enough to see World Champions over the line.

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