Germany Can't Limp To WC Glory

Should Joachim Low be concerned or are Germany just hoping to peak in time for the business end of the World Cup? Ian Watson isn't convinced...

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rahnandwalter (Celtic) says...

Come on Germany! We can do it!

Posted 8:40pm 2nd July 2014

tk421 says...

@ pfo, Ozil was pathetic in that game.

Posted 4:21pm 2nd July 2014

jd.quench (Manchester United) says...

@whingeing gooners - Ozil was appalling last night. Accept it. None of us non-gooners are saying he's a bad player because it's quite obvious that he isn't, but his World Cup thus far has been below par and his non-performance against the USA may finally prompt Loew to leave him on the bench against France.

Posted 11:41am 2nd July 2014

mootilated (Arsenal) says...

Singling out Ozil's performance is lazy. He wasn't their worst player by far. He created some decent passes, provided a few goal scoring opportunites, took a few shots, chipped the ball beautifully only for it to be saved AND scored the winning goal (it was a gift, but still) - On the other hand, Goetze, Mueller and Boateng left a lot to be desired in their performance.

Posted 9:58am 2nd July 2014

jfrench (Arsenal) says...

As opposed to all these other teams setting the world cup on fire. The only team that that looked dominant in the last 16 games was Columbia. Every other team struggled and limped to win

Posted 8:55am 2nd July 2014

o.k. (Manchester United) says...

@pfo .. Not an arsenal fan by any chance are ya? Jesus better not critice any of the precious gooner's play things or he might have a tantrum. Jesus you idiotic arsenal "fans" do make me laugh. Cant wait until he leaves and ya all turn on him calling him a money grabber etc YAWN

Posted 11:19pm 1st July 2014

morpheus99 (Manchester United) says...

What a load of rubbish, when exactly have france been thriving? they were poor against ecuador and took 80 minutes to score against an average nigeria, and even then it was a corner and goalkeeping error, france are poor defensively and have no pace upfront to hurt germany so its france who should be worried not germany

Posted 4:06pm 1st July 2014

Jay_D says...

To be honest, as good as France have been they were lucky against Nigeria and I wouldn't be surprised if Germany up their game. Kroos, Ozil and Gotze all want the ball to feet and they probably need another outlet to provide real width and a willingness to run i behind.They massively miss Reus and Schurrle is the next closest thing. This will allow Ozil or whoever more space as well as giving them a target

Posted 3:46pm 1st July 2014

thefuldutch (Fulham) says...

Ian, this is Germany we're talking about. Limping to glory is their modus operandi.

Posted 2:24pm 1st July 2014

pfo says...

and as for Schurrle, he's like the exact antithesis of Ozil: where Ozil is always thinking, always looks to play in his teammates with clever balls, even when he should be more direct and shoot, Schurrle only EVER thinks about running directly at defenders, cutting in one direction, and getting a shot off. if you could combine them you'd have the world's greatest attacker. besides the first goal (which he admitted afterwards was a bit fortunate), I'm not sure Schurrle exactly set the world alight the way some commentators suggested, and personally I find him an INCREDIBLY frustrating player, since he looks to shoot, often wildly, at every possible opportunity, rather than playing in his teammates in good positions (a minor miracle he chose to pass for the second goal!). I honestly cannot remember a more selfish player in all my years of watching football (Robben used to be like this a few years ago, but he's found a lot more unselfishness, and consequently end product, in recent times). but I agree that his pace and directness is good for Germany for the sake of variety, and I might start him ahead of gotze for the quarterfinal.

Posted 2:01pm 1st July 2014

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