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|Posté le: Mar 19 Juin - 10:12 (2018) Sujet du message: Germany were shocked in their World Cup opener but champions
| Germany were shocked in their World Cup opener but champions remain my pick for glory
| wwwpic5678 Nothing has happened in the first five days of the World Cup to change my mind about the eventual winners.I said Germany a week ago and, despite their defeat by Mexico on Sunday, I’m still saying Germany today.One loss does not end a defence of the trophy, just as a fine first 10 minutes in game one does not guarantee a team going on to win it.People were saying on Twitter that we might as well give Brazil the cup that early in their match against Switzerland. Frankly, that was ridiculous.
Games last 90 minutes and the group phase lasts two weeks. So there’s plenty of time for things to change.And that people make such sweeping statements so quickly is a reminder of how little some of them watch football and really understand it these days.What we have seen so far is that a lot of the guff we were fed about there being four or five super-teams and then a load of old dross was actually a load of old codswallop.Most of these players are playing for big clubs now, with countries such as Switzerland showing how strong they can be in the second half against Brazil and Iceland that their Euro 2016 result against England was no fluke.
wwwpic5678 They were very organised against Argentina and did more to nullify Lionel Messi in 90 minutes than most clubs have done over the last decade. So it’s going to be an open tournament but, even so, I won’t be writing off Germany yet. What was clear against Mexico was how much they missed Leroy Sane.I know it might sound a bit obvious but they needed a player who can pick the ball up and run at people at pace, someone who knows how to drop a shoulder, go past two or three, pick up a couple of free-kicks or even a penalty and put some pressure on the opposition.
One fella on Twitter tried telling me Sane wouldn’t have done it because Mexico were too compact, but he has being doing it against teams who have been that way against Manchester City all season.He would have been the perfect substitute and boss Joachim Loew was actually made to look a little silly that he wasn’t there.But in terms of the overall tournament, it’s early days and I guarantee lightning won’t strike twice.The best teams have the best players, the best squad, the best mentality, the best of everything. And while Germany will be hurting and Loew will be getting pelters back home, the quality is definitely still there. wwwpic5678