worldcup 2010


Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Germany and Spain will play their best but ?

Midfield dominancy will be the deciding factor in today’s crunch semifinal between Spain and Germany. The team who stamps its authority in the midfield is likely to have the last laugh.
German midfielders Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger protecting the back four and also providing the impetus for attack is the success story of this World Cup.
Two years ago, Germany lost to Spain in the final of Euro 2008 and this time Joachim Low, the German coach, and his team will be ready for revenge.
Spain having the names of Xavi Hernandez, Andres Ineista and Sergio Busquets will, however, need to overcome the midfield challenge of Spain.
The Germans have enjoyed goal feasts on their way to the semis while Spain have struggled to break the opposition defence and score goals. The Germans blew away both England and Argentina, scoring four against each of them and they started their campaign with a 4–0 hammering of Australia. On the other hand, goals have not come with ease for Spain and their midfield have also failed to keep the consistency.
Striker Fernando Torres has been woefully out of form and thanks to David Villa who has kept them sailing. Villa will be tightly marked today and will enjoy very few spaces.
Regarding the fitness of the teams, Germany is ahead. The average age of the German team that started against Argentina in the quarter-finals was only 25.
They run a lot and run off the ball. Bastian Schweinsteiger, the 25-year-old midfielder, is a monster who never stands idle in the field and his amazing defensive ability with forward pushes will be a stuff to watch. He and his team will, however, miss Mueller who misses the match because of two yellow cards.
The Spanish defence has looked vulnerable on occasions but sailed to safety riding on their custodian Cassilas. Coach Vincente Del Bosque will need to make the tough decision of dropping Fernando Torres from the starting line-up and is expected to be replaced by either David Silva or Cesc Fabregas. It was evident that Spain’s attacking edge has increased from the moment Torres has been substituted.
Germany at the moment looks to be supremely poised for a victory but Spain has the capability to conquer their opponents. They will, however, need to play their best what they have not produced yet.

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