Germany’s 5 Keys To Winning The 2014 World Cup Final

Germany's 5 Keys To Winning Sunday's World Cup Final Against Argentina

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Germany are favored to win Sunday's World Cup Final against Argentina, but overcoming Lionel Messi's side won't be easy. If the Germans are successful in these five phases for 90 minutes of the Final, the European power will be crowned World Champions.

5. Take Away Messi's Space In The Middle Of The Pitch

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5. Take Away Messi's Space In The Middle Of The Pitch

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If Messi gets the time and space to control the tempo in Sunday's match, the Germans are in deep trouble. But if Germany can make Messi pass the ball early, other players will be forced to step up for Argentina. The Argentines have been heavily dependent on Messi thus far, so if Germany can minimize his impact they will win the match.

4. Get Özil Involved In The Game

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4. Get Özil Involved In The Game

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Saying that Mesut Özil hasn't really made on impact on any of Germany's matches would be the nice way of describing the Arsenal forward's play in Brazil. If Özil can somehow turn his play around, the Germans have an even greater chance of winning. But if Özil can't get going, Joachim Löw should think about subbing on André Schürrle or Mario Götze. Germany have survived without Özil up to this point, but they might not be able to on Sunday.

3. Manufacture Chances For Thomas Müller

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3. Manufacture Chances For Thomas Müller

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Thomas Müller has been clinically finishing his chances at the 2014 World Cup, and one more goal from the Bayern Munich man probably means he wins the Golden Boot. If Germany manufacture enough chances for him, Müller will find the back of the net at least once on his way to propelling the Germans to the title.

2. Get The Big Save From Manuel Neuer

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2. Get The Big Save From Manuel Neuer

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It is incredibly difficult to keep Lionel Messi from having at least one great scoring chance in a match, and even the strong German defense will likely have some problems defending the world's best player. There will come a point in the match that Manuel Neuer will be called upon to make a heroic save, and if he does, Germany will likely be champions.

1. Put The Match Away Early

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1. Put The Match Away Early

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Argentina haven't trailed for one second of the entire tournament, so Germany netting an early goal means that the Argentines are in uncharted territory. Forcing Argentina to chase the game would not only be a huge advantage for the Germans, but it would also keep Lionel Messi from having a chance to be the hero late in the game. If Germany get an early goal, the team's chances of winning will increase exponentially.

Jacob Dennis is a writer at RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on Google

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