Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past 24 hours, I’m sure you’re fully aware of the fact that Germany are now world champions after defeating Lionel Messi’s Argentina 1-0 in the World Cup final and, in my opinion, they thoroughly deserve their win.
Watching the Germans from the off their efficiency and all round solid and tidy look, accompanied with the additional quality up top from the likes of Thomas Muller and Mesut Ozil, meant they looked like a side in with a strong chance right from the beginning. The conditions didn’t have much of an affect, their style didn’t need altering, the unity and togetherness in their camp was quite evident and they were the team to beat throughout. Apart from a slight lack of pace at the back, a weakness was hard to spot.
On top of the well documented and true to form German efficiency, Joachim Low’s team, like they’ve been for a while now, delivered in terms of entertainment value also. Put simply, Germany play football the right way. Their passing style rivals the Spaniards tiki taka, but critics of this approach are hard to come by, unlike Spain’s style which has been accused of being found out, boring to watch and no longer dangerous. Germany attack with pace, fluidity and create shedloads of chances.
Attacking quality is what we, as football fans, love to watch but their defensive wall shouldn’t be underestimated. From easily the world’s best goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, to the best right-back in world football Philipp Lahm, their back four (well, five if you count the sweeper keeper himself), has been immense. Even the out-of-position Howedes had a solid tournament and the supposedly ‘not good enough for the Premier League’ Jerome Boateng particularly shone in the final where he was arguably the best player on the pitch. As for Mats Hummels – well, he’s just fantastic, isn’t he?
On the field strengths aside, Germany conduct themselves well off the pitch also. As I touched on before, team spirit never came into doubt, the players trust Low and his methods and they don’t seem to have any real big egos, which can be destructive in certain camps. Their togetherness is admirable, their spirit is unmatched and their coolness under pressure is unrivalled. Their isn’t a main man, there’s a team of main men.
Germany are now sitting pretty at the top of international football. Do they deserve it? Absolutely. As a fan who wants to be entertained, but also admires a fluid unit with machine-like qualities, the Germans are above the rest at this moment in time.
By Kane Garcia – Leeds United fan