19th Jun, 2021 @ 11:58 am
After losing to France, Germany is desperate for a win against Portugal on Saturday.
Die Mannschaft surprisingly went off as favorites on Tuesday evening, provoking many to ponder whether the money was overvaluing the benefit of home advantage.
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Portugal have won five of their last seven games and scored 16 goals in that period. They have only lost twice – against France and Ukraine – since their World Cup exit at the hands of Uruguay three years ago and they boast an array of incredible attacking talents.
Germany aren’t exactly short of talent, but Joachim Low’s squad is far from at its best right now and they showed that in their 1-0 defeat to France. Their system allowed them to create plenty of chances but the lack of a focal point for their attack meant that France rarely looked threatened.
The World Cup champions, by contrast, were a massive threat on the break after Mats Hummels’ own goal opened the scoring, with Les Bleus twice denied by tight offside calls.
Germany have lost won just three of their last seven games and this run includes defeats to Spain (6-0), North Macedonia (1-2), and France (0-1). They have conceded in each of their last four matches and come up against one of the most fearsome attacks in the tournament on Saturday.
Santos’ side are masters in navigating testing waters, suffering only four competitive defeats in 57 matches since the wily veteran took charge in September 2014, and could therefore adopt a pragmatic approach here considering the permutations.
Consequently, a mutually acceptable draw wouldn’t be the worst outcome for either pre-match.
Patricio; Semedo, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro; Danilo, Carvalho; Bernardo, Fernandes, Jota; Ronaldo
Neuer; Ginter, Hummels, Rudiger; Kimmich, Gundogan, Kroos, Gosens; Sane, Muller, Gnabry