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Forget Dr Ian McHale, he’s might have taken this prediction thing too far; Predicting the Semifinals? Seriously? That would be tough but predicting a team in the finals would be even tougher. So one way or the other, my mind is made up, Germany will be at the finals of the Euro’s and what better news would it be; Germany will win the Euro’s I think so.
People who have been reading this blog since the start of the year would probably agree with me, I failed big time in the Africa Cup of Nations predictions and even worse to it Jose Mourinho my eternal mentor, who my first born son is going to be named after by the way, failed to clinch the Champions League as I expected.
Devil’s advocate; Sunday July 1st, Germany are in the finals, they loose on penalties. On this one, I’m so sure it’s not gonna be Drogba to take it but at the same time, I’d be sad if it’s Schwainsteger who misses to hand the trophy to the opponent. I probably also don’t know the opponent but let’s face it, it’s that team you think will be at the finals other than Germany. So up to that point, I’m mentioning no team.
I saw Germany take England apart in the final of the Uefa Under-21 Championship in 2009 and a few members of that team went to the 2010 World Cup, though they never managed to win it, everybody in South Africa had something to write home about them.
They were a bit naive and got caught out a couple of times. Surely, they are now closer to the finished article now than ever before and I think they will have a big say at Euro 2012 and at the 2014 World Cup.
The Bayern players in this squad for me are a very angry lot. They gave it their all in the just ended season but I wouldn’t mind saying luck wasn’t on their side. Robben will be playing for the Dutch team I know but however aggrieved he feels, I think he’s not gonna get his hands on this trophy just the same way he missed the one Spain proudly holds in the name of the World Cup. This spirit and hunger I the team like the one they showed in the World Cup should for sure lead them to the title.
The one thing that stands out in this team is the way Joachim Leow has used veterans and youth to carve out a brilliant squad capable of qualifying for this competition unbeaten. So don’t be shocked though if another unbeaten run is on the cards as it’s clearly what is expected of the lads.
Then there’s how the team lines up;
Starting with the keeper, you don’t get much better than Manuel Neuer. The Bayern Munich shotstopper has established himself as one of the elite keepers in world soccer, at the still tender (for a keeper) age of 26. Tim Weise provides ample backup if needed, but that should be a non-issue.
The back four revolves around team captain Philipp Lahm, arguably the best fullback in the game today. Capable of playing at either the right or left back position, he will line up on the left with teammate Jerome Boateng opposite on the right flank. Centrally it will be Arsenal’s gentle giant Per Mertesacker paired with another Bayern stalwart, Holger Badstuber. I think the continuity of having four of the five defensive postitions (including keeper Neuer) from the same side (Bayern Munich) will pay huge organizational dividends for the Germans.
The Germans will employ a five man midfield, centered around the midfield pair of Bayern’s Bastien Schweinsteiger, and Real Madrid ace Sami Khedira. Schweinsteiger pulls the strings, and he’s as good a midfield general as you will find anywhere in the game today. Khedira gives them great industry and presence as a destroyer/ball winner. The wide men are equally talented, with Arsenal’s new signing Lucas Podolski attacking the left side, and one of the revelations of the last World Cup, Thomas Muller, out on the right flank.
Up front the Germans possess one of the most lethal strikers for me at the grand stage; Miroslav Klose who’ll partner Mario Gomez. So my main worry then should be Gomez’s wastefulness, Should he mess up, the bench the could be a good resting place for him, but so far so good, he should start and why not? Even the golden boot should not be far away from his hands.
Tactical discipline, focused minds and the hope of a country should be the greatest motivation for the white and black.Anything less than a win in the final will be an underachievement by all standards.
Come on! Need I say more why there are only two teams in this tournament; Germany and the rest? So Germany is mine, what’s yours?
July 1st it is; final whistle, 90 minutes, penalties or no penalties! I swear, I’m not getting it wrong this time
Thanks for reading-
Signed ………….team Germany