Germany Team Guide for the Euro 2021 tournament | Germany are no longer the pragmatic powerhouses they used to be
The Germany squad is packed with amazing players, but they do not play as a cohesive unit and have inconsistent performances.
- Germany performed remarkably poorly during the Nations League. They were annihilated 6-0 by Spain and failed to win any game except against Ukraine.
- While qualifying for the Euros the results and team form were much better. Germany finished top of their group and suffered only one defeat to the Netherlands.
- Joachim Low was hailed as the saviour of German international football, but his once unshakeable pedestal is not as steady as it used to be. His decision to cut three senior players from the team: Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng, and Mats Hummels, was met with further disdain.
Germany Team Guide: Tactics
The quality of the German defense is not what it once was. To compensate for this Low has started using a back three either in a 3-4-3 or 3-4-1-2 formation. This is a far cry from the exciting attacking football Germany were known for only a few years ago. However, each time Low has tried to switch it up to a 4-3-3 it has coincided with some of their poorest performances, most recently the 6-0 thrashing in Spain.
Neuer is currently on track to become one of the best German goalkeepers of all time. In 2019 he recorded his 37th international clean sheet, breaking the record held by Sepp Maier.
Low has been head coach for over 14 years. His reign culminated with the 2014 World Cup victory. Since then, things have not gone very well. Germany lost the Euro 2016 competition against France. They then won the Confederations Cup in 2017 only to go crashing out of 2018 World Cup in the Group stages. Low needs to bring stability to the squad soon, or else his once unassailable position cannot be maintained.
Germany Team Guide: Player Profile
Many Arsenal fans feel that Gnabry was ‘the one that got away’. After seeing his electric performance against Tottenham Hotspur in the 2019 Champions League where he scored 4 goals, Tony Pulis’s comments of Gnabry not being good enough to play for West Brom, seem ridiculous.
The Germany team has lost a lot of experienced players through retirement or Low keeping them out of the team. They have been in need of quick pacey goal scorers and Gnabry fulfills that need. Since his senior debut in 2016 Gnabry is the fastest person to score 10 goals for the German national team. In his 17 appearances for the national team he has scored 14 times.
It is this form and goal scoring ability that the German team will need if they want to win against the well-structured and attack focused teams in the competition.
Germany Team Guide: Germany Euro 2021 Odds to win
Despite their erratic form, Germany are still one of the favourites to win the competition. Unfortunately they are in Group F with France and Portugal. If they can finish strongly in their group, they could go all the way. A selection of odds are below.
All odds were correct at time of publication on 23/04/21. Odds are subject to change.