Die Mannschaft are Heading to The Final
The loss of Marco Reus means the entire world misses out on and upcoming global superstar.
But Die Mannschaft are on the march.
There is no team better equipped for a next-man-up mindset and the Germans remain confident in their summer travel plans.
Germany head to Brazil with a depth of quality at every position that make them the most feared side in the tournament.
From 1-23, their roster is considered on of the very best in the game and has every opportunity to peak physically and mentally at just the right time.
From world #1 goalkeeper Manuel Neur, to the legendary World Cup striker Miroslov Klose, to the battle hardened and experienced back four lead by the ageless Phillip Lahm, to the steely backbone of Bastain Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira, coupled with attacking wizardry of Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos, and Mario Gotze, the lethal predatory front line of Thomas Muller, Andre Schurrle, and Lukas Podolski...
Germany are favorites, and rightfully so, to make the final.
The Weight of Expectation:
The Team arrives in Brazil with the weight of European and World expectation strapped to their wings; Germany joins Brazil and Argentina as a trio of superpowers baring the albatross of their Country’s hopes, dreams, and expectations.
No European Team has ever won the World Cup on South American soil. The expectation that this team of exceptionally talented individuals can break the curse will continue to mount as the Germans progress through the group and knockout stages.
The flashes of measured and considerate attacking-football on display will make many non-believers fully committed to the theory that Germany will go all the way – expectation will continue to reach critical mass during the latter phases of the tournament.
Speed (lack off) Exposed:
Despite it being hard to argue against Germany as clear favorites to make a run all the way to the final, the lack of speed on the backline is something that could prove costly for Die Mannschaft.
Per Mertesacker, Mats Hummels, and Jerome Boateng have weaknesses in their game that cannot be glossed with positional sensibility, strength in the aerial challenge, and commitment to the badge.
The deficiencies of the Germans are rooted in a lack speed: lateral, north-south, acceleration/pace over short and long distances.
Ronaldo can expose this. Kevin-Prince Boateng can take advantage of this. Dare I saw Jozy Altidore might out-quick Per Mertesacker..
Die Mannschaft play the most team efficient football of the 32 competing nations.
This clinical effectiveness will end up proving too much for Brazil and send them reeling out of the tournament; inciting fires of outrage across the countryside as the Selecao steps aside in the semifinals.
Germany enters the final of the World Cup with everything on the line.
Only Leo Messi stands in the way of European history.
But there is no repeat of 1990.
The man from La Masia makes good against the slower German defenders and the prophecy is fulfilled…