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Poland 1-0 Germany: Initial reactions and observations

This result is more Lovecraftian than Bloodborne.

Germany v Ukraine - International Friendly Photo by Helge Prang - GES Sportfoto/Getty Images

Initial reactions and observations

  • There are no words in the tongues of men or Elves that can describe the abomination of a system Germany have under Hansi Flick. The back three is like a Lovecraftian deity, corrupting the minds of all coaches who think it’ll bring them defensive stability. It is folly to expect anything except pain and anguish from such a system.
  • Thiaw looks GREAT. The only German player who looked good out there today, aside from maybe Gosens. Finally, a German who can defend? Incredible!
  • We finally got to see Florian Wirtz and Jamal Musiala in the XI together for Germany and it was ... not great. They were held back by the lack of a striker and the lack of good wingbacks and the lack of good tactics and the position of the stars and the planets and the alignment of the cosmic energies and ... okay maybe it’s time to stop making excuses now. Players have been having some BAD performances lately.
  • Hansi Flick though — his subs remain baffling. Subbing Gosens on was a masterstroke, but taking Kimmich off? WHY? It doesn’t make any sense.
  • The wingback problem is Germany’s Achilles Heel. If that isn’t fixed then nothing else will matter.

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Full time: Germany lose 1-0 to Poland.

80’ — Sub: Kimmich and Wirtz off for Goretzka and Brandt.

68’ — Sub: Musiala and Henrichs off for Fullkrug and Sane.

57’ — VAR rules out a penalty shout for the Germans.

45’ — Sub: Robin Gosens on at halftime for Jonas Hofmann. Guess Kehrer moves to the opposite side?

Halftime: Germany are losing again AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.

30’ — Goal. Poland make it 1-0 from a corner.

17’ — Sub: Blaszczykowski has been subbed off with the whole stadium giving him a sendoff.

Kickoff: We’re underway!

One hour until kickoff: We have lineups!

Germany are in a bit of a tailspin. While friendlies are hardly indicative of a team’s real performance, Hansi Flick has his work cut out getting these lads into shape before Euro 2024. The draw to Ukraine was a sobering moment for the Germans — despite boasting stars from the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Chelsea, and more, they just barely managed to scrape a draw.

Will today’s game be different? We’ll just have to wait and see.

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Match Info

Location: National Stadium Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

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

TV/streaming: Find Your Country

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