Another blockbuster match consisting of two of Europe’s finest will square off tomorrow in Rio De Janeiro. Germany have moved on into the quarterfinals after surviving a close game with Algeria after scoring twice in extra time. France have been able to score goals in the 2014 World Cup thanks to Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and others. France have players on the team who can score, and that has been apparent throughout the World Cup. The amount of pressure that France can get on the German back line will be crucial for a French victory.
Germany have exposed a weakness in their game plan in their defensive back line. Luckily for Germany, no other team has been able to capitalize on this weakness. Germany basically play four center backs which takes away the element of quickness but leaves an excess of strength instead which could go either way. When Germany have Manuel Neuer coming out of the net to head away offensive chances and keeping his team from losing to Algeria, Germany and Joachim Loew have a problem.
Loew can solve this problem by placing Philipp Lahm on the back line with Erik Durm on the opposite side. In the center back position, Germany should obviously have Per Mertesacker with Mats Hummels or Kevin Grosskruetz. Lahm is quick enough to stay with the French attackers and is a great defender. With Lahm on the back line, Germany have plenty of midfielders on the bench to replace him in the midfield. With that said, Germany should keep the attacking midfield and forwards the same.
France have plenty of offensive attackers and midfielders to attack the German defense. France will keep the pressure on Germany as long as they keep possession. Turning the ball over and allowing Germany to control the pitch can only mean an awful result for France. Hopefully Germany and France will result in a close match, because let’s be honest – these two teams are capable of tallying plenty of goals and will be keep it close.
Collin Ruby is a soccer writer for RantSports.com, follow him on Twitter @Collin_Ruby