2014 World Cup: Germany Prove Discipline Outweighs Showboating
Germany destroyed hosts Brazil 7-1 in the semifinals of the World Cup. The scoreline may seem like a harsh joke, but the reality is, the game played by both sides is exactly what the score looks like. Excuses could be thrown into the air, but the fact is, world-class talent took part in this match with only one actually being determined to win.
Let’s begin with Brazil. The hosts were missing the suspended Thiago Silva who is their starting center back next to David Luiz and captain of the entire team. His presence both in the air, on the ground and on both ends of set-piece plays is simply remarkable. He is their rock and gives the motivation, leadership and concentration to every teammate that needs it. Today, he missed out due to the accumulation of yellow cards received in his last two matches.
The big one that missed the match was none other than Brazilian starlet Neymar. The winger had scored four goals in his previous five games, so his absence took out quite a bit of inspiration in the final third. He missed the game due to a broken vertebrae he received after a tough challenge from Colombian defender Juan Zuniga in the previous round. He was replaced by youngster Bernard who has some sweet skills and speed on the ball, but lacked the same vision and positioning as the Barcelona man.
Brazil played in their usual 4-2-3-1 while at times switching to the 4-3-3 as they looked to attack throughout the match. When they lost the ball in the final third, only half of the players ran back to try and stop a tough counter. Well, they failed miserably in the first half as they went down 5-0. The aforementioned missing players would have been viable options that would have kept the score much closer. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be.
The Germans played in a 4-2-3-1 of their own with each and every player being as disciplined as possible. They were a condensed unit going forward and sitting back to defend. Keeper Manuel Neuer even played as a sweeper to make sure their defense had all the help they needed. Their biggest asset was attacking in numbers on the counter as they found so much space straight down the middle as the Brazilians failed to close them own in time. This was by far their easiest game when it comes to scoring.
Germany chose all the right players to field in this game, whereas the Brazilians frankly did not even choose the right players for the tournament. Fred was nowhere near his same form from the Confederation’s Cup, and the midfield was nowhere near ready to gel together on both ends of the ball. Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will have a lot of questions that needs to be answered. In fact, after this embarrassment in his career, he should simply step down.
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