Germany vs Brazil: Maybe on the most awaited match of this round of
international friendlies, Germany hosts Brazil at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.
Do we need to say something about the motivation involved in this match? Ever since Germany humiliated Brazil on the World Cup, at home, a new meeting between the two teams was anticipated.
Of course that the difference in terms of importance between what happened in 2014 and what will happen now is huge, from a World Cup’s semi-final to a friendly. But this encounter now also has a huge symbolic effect.
And in this case, this one is much more important for Brazil.
Both teams come into this match on a roll. Maybe Germany hasn’t been the devastating force they were expected to be on this World Cup cycle, but still, for the patterns of any other team, it can be considered a respectable campaign.
The team is going through a renovation and is witnessing the arrival of several promising youngsters.
The team’s last loss was in 2016, on the Euros against Italy. The qualifiers were a walk in the park, with the team getting 10 wins in 10 matches, having scored 43 goals and conceded 4. Neuer, Gotze and Reus weren’t called-up.
Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Kevin Trapp (Paris Saint-Germain) and Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona).
Defenders: Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Jonas Hector (Koln), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Mats Hummels (Bayern), Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea), Jerome Boateng (Bayern), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern) and Niklas Süle (Bayern).
Midfielders: Sami Khedira (Juventus), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mesut Özil (Arsenal), Thomas Müller (Bayern), Emre Can (Liverpool), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern), Leroy Sané (Manchester City), Leon Goretzka (Schalke), Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) and Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen).
Attackers: Mario Gomez (Stuttgart), Sandro Wagner (Bayern), Lars Stindl (Borussia Mönchengladbach) and Timo Werner (RB Leipzig).
Brazil also comes into these friendlies and into the World Cup on a roll. We can’t Forget about the great question though: Neymar’s absence.
Once again injured on a decisive moment, PSG’s player will not face the Germans and has his participation on the World Cup in jeopardy.
Brazil’s cycle for the World Cup has two phases: before and after Tite. The before Tite was miserable, with an embarrassing elimination from Copa America.
The after Tite made the Brazilians remind themselves of the true Brazilian national team. The team played convincing and efficient football and the team was doing much better.
And they left the 5th place to finish the South-American Qualifiers in first place, with a large advantage, in what was one of the best campaigns Brazil has ever made on the qualification stage.
Germany vs Brazil – Betting Tip and Prediction:
The list of called-up players was a bit controversial by having bizarre names such as Rodrigo Caio and William José. But they will hardly play against Germany.
Alisson (Roma),Ederson (Manchester City),Neto (Valencia)
Daniel Alves (PSG),Fágner (Corinthians),Filipe Luís (Atlético de Madrid),Marcelo (Real Madrid)
Marquinhos (PSG), Miranda (Inter Milan),Geromel (Grêmio),Thiago Silva (PSG).Rodrigo Caio (São Paulo)
Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk),Fernandinho (Manchester City),Paulinho (Barcelona),Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan),Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona),Willian (Chelsea),Anderson Talisca (Besiktas)
Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool),Douglas Costa (Juventus),Willian José (Real Sociedad),Taiison (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Some might argue that I should wait for Brazil’s match against Russia and Germany’s match against Spain before predicting this match.
But I don’t see any real reason to do that. Clearly Germany will have a much more difficult initial test and that should be taken into consideration. Brazil will face the Russians already thinking about the Germans.
Is it just a friendly? Yes. But it’s the first meeting between the two sides after the 7-1 and that is worth a lot for Brazil, for Tite and for the Brazilian players.
On the managerial aspect, even without Neymar, that should be replaced by Douglas Costa, I see Brazil having a lot of quality.
I expect a very close match, more than the current odds suggest, and I don’t believe Brazil will be defeated here.
|Brasil AH +0,5||