Young Germans promise a good future but they need time

ARDA ALAN IŞIK
ISTANBUL
Published 23.06.2017 22:53

The experienced and powerful Chilean national team may have pushed Germans into a struggle in Confederations Cup , but Joachim Löw's students still gave a decent test against a tough opponent. It was obvious that the rejuvenation of the German national team distorted the Löw's well settled plans, especially in the first half of the game Chile did not even let Germans to pass to their half with set-pieces. Nevertheless, I was surprised to see how calm and commanding was the German defence and midfield despite the crazy high pressing of the Chileans. Simply put, there were many jewels on the German side last Thursday, but they definitely need more time to shine.

First of all, with an age medium 24, Germans are looking for a generation which could compete for the top the next World cup and the European cup, and they may even participate to 2022 with more or less the same squad. Thus, Löw's squad and the tactics were clearly experimental, which eventually brought many simple mistakes in the beginning of the game. Young Germans were under constant press for the first thirty minutes of the game, and the goal they conceded came when young center back Matthias Ginter lost the ball near their penalty box because of the press.

However, Chileans were playing with a 3-4-3 formation in a wide area, so they gave many empty spaces when this formation was combined with high and intense pressing. At this point, I normally expected Germany to execute fast counter attacks or at least pass through midfield with one or two passes, because that is what a coach who wants to win do. Nonetheless, I was very surprised when Germans did not even attempt to play long balls or to execute fast counters. They remained loyal to their strategy although it was very hard to reach to midfield with lots of passes under the Chilean press. Thus, after thirty minutes they managed to survive from Chilean storm with conceding only one goal, but Chile was exhausted.

Then, Germans took the initiative and they carried their organized game from their own half to the Chilean half, and eventually scored the equalizer just before the half-time whistle. If they had responded the Chileans with a faster game to utilize the space, they could have scored a goal more but it was very probable that they also could have conceded three more goals. The idea I had in my mind when Chile was pressing high and intense was the Chilean trap that Löw saw before me, and he did not drive his team directly into it. He managed to stay loyal to his strategy which he was trying, and at the same time made the Chilean team exhaust themselves trying to get the ball.

But, even though the Chilean team was exhausted and their trap was thwarted, Germans could not deliver the knock-out blow in the second half, and that is where they need more time. Despite their inexperience, they showed a decent performance in building the game at the back, but surely they showed a dull performance in the final third. Of course for a strategy like Löw's, the primary goal must be teaching the German team how to carry the ball to the opponent's half with a repeatable pattern. But for now, that is the only thing the German team knows how to execute decently, and for the near future I do not expect them to show the same performance in the final third.

To sum up, Löw made a good experiment, his team showed promising build-up qualities and they clearly have a potential in the World Cup. Given Chile was one of the most dangerous teams they could play against, we can say it was a true test for the next year. If Löw's team can improve their offensive organization until the World Cup, they may pose a great threat for the strong opponents.

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