Introduction

Germany, one of the most feared teams in the history of football. The team that makes you feel like you are up against machines, completely unforgiving to anything that comes in their way The Germans have always been relentless and have an excellent record in the knockout stages of the World Cup as well as in penalties. So, is this finally the time the German’s equal the Brazilians for the total number of World Cups, or will they have to wait another 4 years?

In this post, you’ll Read about
History of Germany at the world cup
Manager Profile
Tactical analysis
Strengths
Weaknesses
World Cup Path

History of Germany at the world cup

Germany has the second most World Cup (WC) appearances and the second  greatest number of titles, with 4 championships. Their most recent one came in 2014 in Brazil, where they destroyed every team, they faced. Their first one came in 1954, and subsequently they have also finished in 2nd place 4 times and in 3rd place four times as well, showing their pedigree on the biggest stage of world football.

Manager Profile

Hansi Flick is the German manager, taking over from Low in 2021, the season after winning the Champions League with Bayern Munich. Flick has great coaching experience dating back to 1996, he has also been an assistant coach for Germany from 2006–2014, understanding the demands of international football.

Tactical analysis

Flick has chosen to alternate with the 4-2-3-1 and the 3-4-2-1 formations with Germany, very evidently based on the opposition they are facing and their chosen style of play. Germany seems to score more as well as concede more with the 4-2-31 formation, as seen in recent nation’s league games against England and Italy, whereas they seem to be defensively more sound with the 3-4-2-1 formation, proving the legitimacy of the systems. Their recent form, with a 3rd place finish behind unqualified Italy and Hungary in the nation’s league, has shown a dip in their form, scoring 11 goals and conceding 9 in just 6 games. Although they sailed into the World Cup with 9 wins and just the 1 loss in 10 world cup qualifiers, they showed potential in their squad.

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Strengths

Germany’s main strength lies in their attack, with their wide range of attacking options in Havertz, Gnabry, Sane, Muller and Musiala all serving as goal scoring threats. Their defensive players Kimmich and Hoffman both serve as options for chance creation and goal scoring. Their XG in recent tournaments has been 2.4 showing their potential to score goals in abundance. The team likes to keep possession and depending on the system, like to create chances either through crossing if they are playing 3 at the back and through the center when they switch to playing 4 at the back. Joshua Kimmich plays an important role defensively at RWB and is a very useful asset going forward, his versatility to play in defense and in midfield acts as a huge advantage to the team. They also have very quick forwards, who break quickly when playing on the counter, making it extremely difficult for defenders to catch them. Leroy Sane is in excellent goal scoring form in club competitions and will be a major threat in their attack. They also have excellent bench strength and adaptability that is seen through players who play in different positions such as Kimmich, Hoffman and Havertz. The German goalkeeper will be the most experienced goalkeeper at the world cup and is a true leader, having led his club and country for many years. He is also one of the best goalkeepers in the world, who is responsible for making ball distribution an important aspect of every Keeper’s game. With WC winning players and multiple participation from the likes of Muller and Neuer, they carry experience that can be passed on to the younger generation, Muller’s goal scoring prominence at world cup’s will be Germany’s biggest weapon.

Thomas Muller Urges Germany to Draw Inspiration From Real Madrid After  Disappointing Nations League Campaign ▷ SportsBrief.com

Weaknesses

The German team seems to be at its weakest point in recent years even though they have done well, showing the standard set out by them. Their main weakness stems from their defense with an XGC of 1.18 per game. They have been unable to keep a single clean sheet in the nation’s league and seem prone to conceding against the opposition. This has been the effect of instability in the back line, with an extremely fluid rotational policy between defenders, making it difficult for players to truly understand their role and position. The team has played with multiple center backs and fullbacks have been made to play on either side with David Raum and Tilo Kehrer.  This occurrence can be seen mainly due to injuries to regular starters such as Rudiger and Kimmich being played in midfield. They also need to sort out their left back position which has been played using different players and with Robin Gosens out of the team, the position should be open to all, making the German left exponentially weaker. Though Germany scores many goals, their goal conversion rate isn’t very good with only Havertz having a higher than 0.5 shots on target per game in comparison to other players. This indicates wastage of crucial chances, especially in match defining moments.

World Cup Path

Being kicked out of the group stages as title holders at the 2018 world cup was an insult no German could stand, making this year’s group stage a form of redemption for them. Germany is in the toughest group in the world cup but also are the toughest team to face from the group. Germany is expected to top the group and face Croatia in the Ro16 and Brazil in the Quarter’s. Should they finish 2nd in their group, they will go on to face Belgium and should they win that, Portugal. It is by no means an easy pathway for the European football giants, but nor will they make it easy for anyone else. The Germans have little to no breathing space, with every game being a massive matchup for them. If any team can conquer all these teams and go on to win the WC, it is Germany.

Manuel Neuer during the International Game between Germany and Serbia  Editorial Image - Image of europe, goalkeeper: 183633560

Players to watch

Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane, Joshua Kimmich, Antonio Rudiger, Manuel Neuer and Ilkay Gundogan

Young players to watch

Jamal Musiala, Karim Adeyemi, Nico  Schlotterbeck, Kai Havertz, Youssoufa Muokoko

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