The final international break of the footballing season is over, and it is time to look at how Bayern’s stars performed when called upon by their respective nations. There were a few standouts.
A badly paired central midfield is among the reasons why Germany played very average football in a 0:1 friendly loss against Brazil. Let’s review the problems.
A vengeful Brazilian side came out on top in Germany amid a rotated home team and a blunderous first half moment.
Germany looked devoid of creativity as they suffered a 0:1 loss to a well drilled Brazilian squad. Only Toni Kroos stood out in Die Mannschaft, if slightly.
Hungry to win and equal their longest unbeaten record of 23 matches Germany face Brazil in their second friendly of this international break. Joachim Löw is most likely to experiment with rotation.
The international friendly between two European giants started with near-full strength teams. Spain and Germany took turns in keeping the ball and, in typical ‘friendly’ fashion, giving it away in dangerous areas.
Jérôme Boateng and Toni Kroos played their roles better than the others in a mediocre draw where no one stood out.
From a slow start to Spanish diving in a friendly, we can draw a few lessons from the way the German national team got a workout on Friday in Düsseldorf.
With preparations going strong as we inch towards the World Cup, let’s see what ammunition the Germans can unleash on their Spanish counterparts in a friendly on Saturday.
The German national team have a big year ahead of them after World Cup qualification. How is their squad shaping up?