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Germany 3-3 Switzerland: Initial reactions and observations

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What a match! Germany scrape by on the back of goals from Gnabry, Werner, and Havertz.

Football: National team reaches hotel in Stuttgart Photo by Christoph Schmidt/picture alliance via Getty Images

Initial Observations and Analysis

  • Germany improved in the second half. The work-rate was much better and the players made way more chances, but the defense still has some work to do.
  • If Germany could replicate the second half against Switzerland with some improved defending, this team could be very very good.
  • Switzerland played a very good match. With these kinds of performances, they could get places.

FULL TIME: Germany 3 - 3 Switzerland


90+3 — Red card for Schar!


59’ — Gnabry scores a world-class goal and makes it even


56’ — Gavranović scores his second and Switzerland takes the lead.


55’ — Havertz scores! 2:2


45- Second half kicks off!


Halftime Observations and Analysis

  • Germany not looking good. They are not well organized and are having trouble with making fluid attacks, but what was more concerning is that the back four was torn apart pretty easily.
  • Switzerland was lethal. They used all their chances and defended well.
  • Joachim Low’s tenure as Germany’s coach might be coming to an end. Germany doesn’t play well, the football he is now preferring isn’t interesting nor practical. DFL’ patience might be coming to an end

Halftime


28’ — Werner scores and pulls one back for Germany!


27’ — Freuler scores for Switzerland and makes it 2:0


5’ — Gavranović for the lead for Switzerland!


Kickoff: We are underway!


One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! Jogi Low opts for a 4-3-3 for a chance. Will this reverse Germany’s fortunes?


The universe has a funny way of getting even. As karmic retribution for winning the treble, Bayern Munich fans will get to watch their beloved superstars start for Germany, where Jogi Low is determined to suck all life out of a talented group of players.

Lacking some of the nation’s best players and a coherent tactical system, Germany lurch into another Nations League game with a vague hope of winning some points. Individual brilliance will be key, as the Germans still have plenty of Champions League winners all over the pitch. Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, Toni Kroos, Leon Goretzka, Niklas Sule, and Serge Gnabry are all top class players, and they’re surrounded by quality pieces all over the pitch. However, if Jogi persists on his ill-fated 3-5-2, then it’s anyone’s game.

Can Die Mannschaft show some signs of life?


Match Info

Location: RheinEnergieSTADION, Cologne, Germany

Time: 8:45 pm local time, 2:45 pm EST

TV/streaming: ESPN+, Find Your Country

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