Germany go into this semi-final game as the form team. After dispensing first with England and then Argentina in the knockout rounds to this point, their opponents Spain must fear the worst. Vicente Del Bosque’s men have played well in parts but have yet to deliver the thrilling soccer we’ve seen them play time and again in recent years. The manner of their victories against Argentina and England will have given Germany confidence, but this semi-final clash at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban will be their toughest test yet and Spain are capable of beating any opposition when they play to their true potential.
Joachim Loew’s Germany team have been a revelation at this tournament. They are an exciting, attacking side which plays in the style you would expect of one of the classic World Cup teams. While some pundits single out the left-footed attacking midfielder Mezut Ozil for getting Germany to this point in the competition, the games against England and Argentina showed that this is a group of players who combine to great effect in team play. Bastian Schweinsteiger is the unsung hero. The Bayern Munich midfielder is the driving force at the heart of the team, often collecting the ball deep in his own half before sprinting up the field and playing the killer pass.
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It seems odd to say given the amount of games the teams that get to this point have played, but there’s still the feeling that this German defense haven’t truly been tested. David Villa will provide problems coming in from his left-sided attacking position and dribbling at pace on his right foot. Coach Loew will likely instruct Philippe Lahm to track Villa but with Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Fernando Torres also likely starters, the Germany defense could be overwhelmed by the pace of this Spanish team, especially without Thomas Mueller, one of their standout players in his central midfield position, who will be missing through suspension.
Spain have been an enigma at this unpredictable World Cup tournament. It’s strange to say of a side that’s progressed to the World Cup Semi-Finals, but you expect more from this team. While their performances have seen them defeat some difficult opposition, including Portugal and Paraguay in the knockout rounds, they haven’t yet played a game in the manner you might expect of potential World Champions. Though, they do have some outstanding individual players. David Villa is in the form of his life. The quick Barcelona front-man is delivering the knockout blow game after game for Vicente Del Bosque’s men. Against Germany, he will need some of his team-mates to start replicating his form.
Sergio Ramos has been excellent in his right-back role, making attacking raids down the right wing and creating chances, while defending solidly when his team are on the back foot. With Andres Iniesta playing his best game of the tournament so far in the quarter-finals against Paraguay, the signs are ominous for Joachim Loew’s young German team.
Spain’s weakness is the lack of pace in defense. Carlos Puyol and Gerard Pique are both superb defenders but against pace they struggle greatly. Sergio Ramos will be given the job of keeping Mezut Ozil quiet, and he’ll have to be in top form, because if Ozil is given time on the ball, he’s capable of tearing this Spanish defense to pieces with his close control and quick feet.
Goals are expected in this clash of two European heavyweights. Germany have the slight edge in terms of confidence but Spain have the advantage in terms of player quality and international experience, which makes Vicente Del Bosque’s team the best bet for victory here. It’ll be tight, but European Champions Spain should be too strong for Germany on the occasion.
Spain vs Germany Prediction: Spain 2-1 Germany.
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