Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Spain vs Germany

Holland awaits the winners of tonight’s eagerly anticipated second semi final between Spain and Germany. The game should be open and full of attacking possibilities which as a neutral is exactly what you want to see. The Germans are the leading scorers with 13 so far and although Thomas Mueller is missing they will go into the game full of confidence. Meanwhile the Spanish have not really fired on all cylinders as yet, David Villa aside.

Joachim Loew will hope to continue where they left off against Argentina. Such convincing displays have already left the majority of fans already believing that they have won it before the game has kicked off. This will surely not transmit to the team but confidence will be sky high. It is a real shame that Mueller is missing as he has been one of the stars of the tournament thus far but with Schweinsteiger, Ozil and Klose there they will pose a real threat to the Spanish defence.

Meanwhile la Furia Roja will require the same improvement from the last game if they are to worry Germany. Their performances haven’t been quite as expected prior to the competition but they are picking up pace at the right time. The main question will be whether Del Bosque persists with Torres or opts for a 5 man midfield. I would continue with Torres despite his form as Villa needs the space he generates with his clever off the ball running.

Although the Germans are favourites going into the game I have a sneaking feeling that the Spanish will conquer this evening. They will not have to endure the rigid defending they have encountered in every game tonight so should have gaps to exploit. However, they have looked suspect at the back and will need big performances from Pique and Puyol if they are to emerge victorious. Whatever the result football fans around the world are hoping to see an open, free-scoring game that both sides are more than capable of producing.

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