The Germans are not yet up against the wall, but the slightest misstep would put them in a very uncomfortable situation. Beaten 1-0 by the France team last Tuesday, Joachim Löw's men are preparing for a tough fight. This Saturday in Munich, they will face the other big piece of the group, Portugal, which ended up defeating Hungary (3-0) in Budapest for its entry into the competition. Like the Blues, Cristiano Ronaldo and his partners are three points ahead of the Mannschaft, in the obligation to win against the reigning European champion to hope to finish first or second in the pool, and so inherit a less robust round of 16.
In the format of this European Championship, the four best thirds are also qualified but Germany wants to avoid an obstacle course. Dennis Melzer, journalist for Eurosport in Munich, is "not worried" for the triple European champions and quadruple world champions. He reminds us that “Germany also has a great team”. However, the defeat against France (1 shot on target) highlighted the offensive shortcomings of our neighbors who seem orphaned from a real scorer as could be Miroslav Klose or Gerd Müller at the time. "Germany must improve their attack against Portugal," said Dennis Melzer. In the past, she has always beaten Portugal in major tournaments, with the exception of the disaster of 2000 and Sérgio Conceição's three goals. "
"If they don't react, people will be very nervous here"
No one can imagine reliving this same scenario 21 years later.
Mannschaft fans expect goals, as DAZN journalist Kerry Hau confirms.
“So far they have played against France which is the big favorite in the competition.
The state of mind is good, but they must react now!
If they don't react, people will be very nervous here.
Against France, they should have scored a goal.
That is the problem.
We have good attackers like Thomas Müller, but no real top scorer as Portugal can have with Cristiano Ronaldo or André Silva.
We don't have a player like that.
And if you don't score, you can't win a match… ”
Since Tuesday's defeat against the Blues, the debate in Germany revolves tirelessly around his attack, yet attractive on paper with Serge Gnabry, Thomas Müller, Kai Havertz or even Leroy Sané, which Joachim Löw could launch on Saturday night. If he starts the match, the Bayern winger will be tasked with bringing a bit of madness with his dribbling, speed and explosiveness with and without the ball on the first few meters. “We have to be more courageous in attack, better in occupying the field. We must be more efficient in our positioning, put more intensity in the sequences, by creating spaces, ”announced Löw, for whom this is the last major competition at the head of the selection.