The great entertainers at the last two major competitions have promised they are all grown up but can they get back to winning ways? Germany will undoubtedly play attractive, attacking football and could be a good bet to be the tournament’s top scorers. They also believe the reliance on a counter-attacking style is over,
- 100% record in qualifying, scoring 3+ goals in 80% of games
- Won their opening tournament game to nil on 6 of 10 occasions since unification
- Germany were never behind in a qualifying match
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Any Other Business
The attack may be deadly but there are question marks over whether the Germans can dig in defensively. Per Mertesacker could leave them exposed for pace at the back while in an ideal world, they would have Philipp Lahm playing at left AND right back! Goals and Germany go hand-in-hand.