Post by Vanman
I think Germany would have been marginally better in this situation but
unlike Quincy I think the result would have been the same.
Similar to saying if Ballack was in the lineup Germany would have defeated
Brazil in the final in 2002 (that would have made an even larger difference
at that time) which I also disagree with.
Germany has been unlucky in 2002, 2006 and 2010. They seem to perform
very well in the group stage thrashing minnows like Saudi Arabia 8-0,
Ecquador 4-0 and also Australia 4-0. This time they even trashed
Argentina and England. But when it comes to big teams like Brazil,
Italy, Spain, they seem to somewhat chicken out. They DO NOT play
their natural attacking and bullying game. Fortune favors the brave.
And Germans don't seem to be brave enough to handle Brazil, Italy and
Spain in particular.
I think the problem with Germany is they do not play enough friendlies
with the likes of Brazil, Italy, Spain anymore. You know the teams
that give them the most trouble. They used to do that quite often I
remember in the 80s and early 90s.
I hope in Euro 2012 they at least meet Italy and Spain in QF/semis/
Final. They never seem to be able to beat Italy or Brazil or Spain
(and this has been happening for a long time). I wonder what is their
recent record with France. But they did get thrashed by them in 2000
Euro (I think).
Bottomline is the more you play the world cup winning teams in
competitions/friendlies, the more you have confidence of beating them.
Germany seems to be freely play against non-WC winning nations, but
struggle or have too much respect for WC winning nations (except may
be Uruguay/England/Argentina who haven't won shit for a while).