Match Preview: Germany vs Denmark, The Die Mannschaft look to prepare for the Euros with a victory over the Danes
The road to Euro 2020 is heating up as teams ramp up the preparation by playing friendlies. These games just carry a tag of friendly. They play a monumental role in helping the manager pick his best 11 for the main matches. Germany faces Denmark for a friendly on 2nd June in Tivoli Stadion Tirol in Austria.
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) May 29, 2021
The Die Mannschaft are pitted in a group of death at the Euros alongside defending champions Portugal, favourites France, and underdogs Hungary. They need to be on top of their game with their best personnel in every department to progress from the group stages. Joachim Loew is leaving the coach role of the German national team after the Euros. He would like to end his reign on a high. Germany faces Denmark and Latvia in friendlies before kicking off against France at the Euros.
Denmark on the other hand come into this game on the back of a three-game winning run in the world cup qualifiers. The Danes also cleared their Euro qualification group unbeaten with 4 wins and 4 draws. Kasper Hjulmand is doing a decent job at the helm and would hope that his side makes it out of the group stages. They are paired with Belgium, Finland and Russia. They would try to replicate their success from the 1992 Euro. The Danes face Germany and Bosnia in friendlies before the main event.
Joachim Loew took a massive decision by recalling the veterans Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels to the national team. he backtracked on his decision to exile them and called them back to use their service in a tough group. The duo are expected to start straight away.
— Thomas Müller (@esmuellert_) May 28, 2021
Germany misses the services of the German stars recently involved in the Champions League Finals. Hence Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Antonio Rudiger, and Ilkay Gundogan all get a well-deserved break. Loew can choose between a three-man back or a four-man back.
GERMANY PREDICTED XI
Manuel Neuer; Lukas Klostermann, Mats Hummels, Matthias Ginter, Emre Can; Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich, Toni Kroos; Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane
Denmark similarly misses the services of their centre-back Andreas Christensen who played in the Champions League finals. Apart from him, Hjulmand has a fully fit squad to choose from. He can stick with the tried and tested 4-2-3-1 or a slightly adventurous 4-3-3.
— Simon Kjær (@simonkjaer1989) May 29, 2021
DENMARK PREDICTED XI
Kasper Schmeichel; Daniel Wass, Simon Kjaer, Joachim Andersen, Joakim Maehle; Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Thomas Delaney; Yussuf Poulsen, Christian Eriksen, Andreas Skov Olsen; Martin Braithwaite
🎙️ @esmuellert_: "I want to lead by example and am full of motivation for the weeks ahead. It's a unique situation for me coming back into the side. I want to help the team hit the turbo boosters."#DieMannschaft #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/g3zTSR4mKP
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) May 30, 2021
The returning Thomas Muller can be the biggest threat to Denmark. The ramdeuter is back to his dazzling best in the Bundesliga and was scoring and assisting for fun. He has to play as a centre-forward in the absence of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz. It’s not an unfamiliar role for Muller and he can wreak havoc from the middle. Pierre Emile Hojbjerg will be tasked with marking Muller and prevent him from making dangerous runs and playing those passes in behind.
Christian Eriksen is in a lean patch when it comes to club football. As they say, form is temporary class is permanent. Eriksen can change the games in a matter of moments. It was Eriksen who scored in the last Germany vs Denmark friendly meeting in 2017. Joshua Kimmich who scored the equalizer in the same game would look to tackle Eriksen and win the midfield battle.
The game acts as a perfect canvas for Loew to work on his tactics before the main event. Though he misses a few of the starters like Rudiger and Werner hell still expects his troops to win the game. Denmark in a purple patch would like to go toe to toe with their superior events and know where they stand on the international stage.
We at FootTheBall expect Germany to overpower their opponents and start this crucial month on a victorious note. Germany to win the game 2-0.