France 2-1 Germany: Lessons Learnt

After a fantastic first half by Germany, where they neutralized the reigning world champions, Die Mannschaft was undone by Athletico Madrid duo Lucas Hernandez and Antoine Griezmann. France arguably pulled off a hold-up against the Germans but this is how they have been playing for a long time now and Joachim Low should have known better.

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France continue takeover from Germany

The game was symbolic as another testament of Germany’s continuing downfall and France’s rise as Germany’s successor since 2014. Germany defeated France 1-0 on the way to the World Cup title in 2014. Since then, France has defeated Germany twice and drawn once. They famously dumped the Germans out of Euro 2016 in the semi finals and claimed their World champion title in 2018.

France has been on a constant rise since 2014 while Germany have been on a downwards spiral.

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The good news for German fans is that the 3-0 defeat in Amsterdam was probably the nadir for the national team.

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Today’s performance is a sign of better things to come with the country’s younger generation. Leroy Sane, in particular, was very dangerous and was unlucky to have been substituted late in the game. Gnabry is maturing as a player and left-back Schulz did well against Kylian Mbappe. Stalwarts Hummels, Neuer and Kroos were irreproachable and have shown the ability to guide the younger generation forward.

It’s a shame Low took so long to unleash Germany’s new blood.

Deschamps could learn from Low’s mistakes

Low’s main mistake was being too loyal to the team which brought him World Cup glory. Instead of choosing players on form and giving promising talent like Sane a chance, he went with stability. This has been his undoing.

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Deschamps is doing the same thing with France so far. This is the second international break since the World Cup triumph and the only reason new players have been brought in is because of injury to World Cup winners. France cannot hope to keep the same starting eleven until Euro 2020. Some variety is needed in their game.

Olivier Giroud was abysmal today and French fans will hope to atleast see Lacazette selected in the squad to compete with Giroud and provide a different option upfront. Ousmane Dembele, Martial, Tolisso, Laporte, Moussa Dembele – those are but a few players Deschamps could count on to keep the World Cup winning players on their toes and avoid complacency.

Change is not always a bad thing.

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