The 0-1 win by Germany revealed five interesting facts about Jogi Low’s team heading to Brazil next year.
England is no match for Germany
A lot was said before the game. English media criticised German national coach Jogi Low for not bringing in the first stringers. After the 0-1 win a German newspaper headed 'For England it always suffices' and Arsenal’s world-class defender Per Mertesacker joined the chorus by saying 'We weren’t challenged'. Last night it became crystal clear that England is no match for Germany. Even if Germany plays with their second stringers they are better.
Fast breaks were missing
Despite their win, Jogi Low’s team lacked an important former strength. The fast break didn’t worked as well as Arsenal’s offensive midfielder Mesut Ozil weren't on the pitch. In the World Cup qualifier against Sweden Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos and Ozil paired well establishing an up-tempo offense. A good sign that Arsenal’s dribble star isn’t easy to replace.
Big, tall striker and offensive midfielders were missing
Per Mertesacker from Arsenal FC made his first headed goal for Germany. Good for him. However this shows that no one else stepped up. The celebration picture after the goal was a symbolic. Mertesacker on his knees and Mario Gotze standing and just a little bit taller as the Big F****** German. Agile, small players are fine as long as Per Mertesacker, Mario Gomez or Miroslav Klose are helping out as forwards. Otherwise Germany has a big disadvantage against tall defenders.
Defence won the game for the first time in a long while
The 3-5 against Sweden and the 1-1 against Italy were defined by needless goals. German defense had not a great display and was considered as a weak spot. That changed last night. England did not register a single shot on target – a good sign going forward.
Bender brothers to the rescue
Bastian Schweinsteiger down. Sami Khedira down. A tough task to fill these shoes. However in my mind they did a decent job providing their defence with help by starting pressing directly in England’s half. Borussia Dortmund’s Sven Bender was little bit better then his twin brother, the former Arsenal target Lars Bender, but they both will be motivated to play again together – a huge gain for Jogi Low.
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