When the going gets tough, the tough gets going

2 hours to the much anticipated clash between the French and Germans. As I have heard, French lost their battles against the Germans in both the world wars. Well this is a world war in its own way. May be the associated field and skills are different, however glory remains intact. But obviously, lives are not at stake.

As I have always supported Die Mannschaft, I am hoping for a German show. It’s not at all going to be as easy, as Deschamps has brought both harmony and discipline in the French squad. Before the tournament, I never saw them as the title contenders. With the limited fire power upfront and Ribery’s injury, they were just another team who might reach quarterfinals (or semis). And when Nasri was dropped out, I was sure of my predictions. But now, things are different. They are playing confidently and with fearlessness. Their football is fluidic and calm. At the same time attacking and fast. Benzema is their star performer and Pogba is the trump card. But I will have my eyes open particularly for a winger who is performing more than what’s expected from him. Antoine Griezmann is the player to watch. Not only for the recent linkups and chemistry with arsenal but also for his pace and creativity.

Enough of les blues. Now let’s concentrate on our positives.

Die Mannschaft (Literally: the team) has answers to each and every question thrown at them. They have the best midfield in the world. Defence is not that assuring but doesn’t matter much when you have the best goalkeeper behind you. Saving your ass if something goes wrong. Neuer plays as a defender, midfielder and goalkeeper at the same time. Up front, we lack finishing. The team creates the most number of chances but doesn’t convert many of them. That’s something which may cost us the berth to semi-finals. We have qualified for the semis in the last 3 world cups. If we qualify again, we will become the first team to do so. There are certain problems in the fluidity and holding play, but Germans have always shown their mental toughness. They always keep coming at you no matter how high or low their morale are. They are ruthless individuals driven by the obsession to achieve the ultimate glory. Enough of boasting now, I am actually concerned about the result. No matter how high I rate them ahead of this game, deep down I know the chances of a loss.  Recently they haven’t played very convincing football.

Still, they are the team which gets better and better as the tournament progresses.

As they say in England; When going gets tough, tougher gets going.

I will be attending this epic clash in a public view at Munich. I hope that doesn’t turn out to be the last public view in this Germany visit.

Till next time.


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