I am not happy about how my favorite in this tournament is playing. Germany just does not look like the German team we have seen these past few years. First, they lose to Mexico. This result could have easily been avoided, but Germany refused to respect Mexico’s counter attack and they paid for it. Then, there was the Sweden game. This game showed us two things. The first, Boateng and Hummels do not look like a world-class center back pairing. In the beginning of the game, Boateng got away with a clear foul in the box. Then, Boateng gets sent off when he probably should have been sent off for that earlier tackle in the box. Do not think I forgot about you Hummels. Hummels is not having the best tournament in the world. He is struggling to defend and he is doing something that I sort of expect him to do at this point. The “something” that I expect is his inability to stay calm out of the back. Hummels cannot pass out of the back comfortably like Boateng can for the most part. I think this combination has to be changed for at the very least one game to see if Low can find anything better from his defense.
The second thing we learned is something waaaayyyyy less surprising than Germany’s defense falling apart. Toni Kroos is a disgusting soccer player. He does not get to shoot often, but boy oh boy, he should shoot every time he sniffs that net. His late goal to keep Germany alive in this tournament was hit with the best technique you will see from anyone. The ball was hit with pace, but it was the curve that gives you the goosebumps when you watch it go in. Last thing I want to say about Kroos is his ability on the ball. Whether it is his passing, or his dribbling, he is never rattled on the ball. He is always so very calm and he makes this team go when it is fully operating.
The question still must be answered: Is Germany Still the Favorite in the World Cup? My answer is still yes, if they win their last group game. I truly believe this team can turn it around, and if they do? I will let your imagination do the rest for me.
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