Germany’s Statement To Other 31 Teams: Bring It On
Last night’s very decisive 4-0 win for Germany over Australia brings with it some important factors. First, the Germans showed they are the most dominant team so far in this World Cup, managing to score four goals in their first match, much higher than anything we’ve seen so far as every game has had 2 goals or less. Next, they made it very clear to the rest of the tournament that they are a force to be reckoned with. Last of all, and most important, by beating up on the Socceroos last night in a match that could have finished 8-0, Germany showed how they will exploit a team’s weaknesses and show no mercy.
If everything goes according to the assumed plan, Germany will face either England or the USA in the next round. After watching last night’s performance by the Germans, either of those teams would have a difficult time stopping Germany’s perfect passes or spot-on crosses that brought their 4 goals yesterday.
As of now, before we’ve seen Brazil, Spain and the defending champs Italy play, Germany is the team to beat. That’s right, Germany.
The way they played last night, it seemed as though they had walked into a playground and took on some grade school kids. They kicked around the ball perfectly from boot to boot, waited for the perfect moment to strike, and like a lion crouched in the grass pounced at the perfect time to assault Australian keeper Mark Schwarzer.
Everything they did was patient and precise, and they were in complete control of every pass and every step of the match. German striker Miroslav Klose, who connected on a header for the second goal, easily could have had 2 more goals last night and just barely missed the net. In his bid for a repeat Golden Boot trophy (for most goals in the World Cup), Klose is a threat any time he gets close to the net.
I know most of the talk about who’s going all the way is circulating around Spain, Brazil and Italy, but Germany has a very deep and skilled team, and they are as precise as any. They will annoy their opponents with their seemingly endless patience as they did last night against Australia.
The Germans are a solid squad with goal-scoring their top priority, and they know how to do it. Watch out.