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Jekyll and Hyde Germany

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Nifty combinations, smart organization and some late dazzling wing-play meant that Germany came away with a number of positives from their warm-up game against Hungary last night.

Joachim Loew’s side were excellent for parts in the game, most notably in the first half when Mesut Oezil, Sami Khedira and Piotr Trochowoski combined time and again to rip the Hungarian defence to shreds.

Only the brilliance of Gabor Kiraly in the Hungarian goal and the profligacy of Oezil in particular meant that a Lukas Podolski penalty was all Germany had to show for a dominating performance in the first half.

In truth though, it was almost a Jekyll and Hyde performance from the Germans as Loew’s decision to withdraw both Khedira and Oezil at half-time meant that the line up had an almost experimental feel to it in the second half, with Podolski and Denis Aogo making a central midfield pairing for long periods in the second half.

It showed as the Germans struggled to replicate the swift interplay of the first period, and yet they added two goals, thanks largely to the efforts of the dazzling Marko Marin. The Werder Bremen star created the second goal for Gomez and tormented the Hungarian left side time and again with some superb movement.

And the Brazilian-born Cacau will have done his chances of inclusion, and a start even, no harm as he streaked away towards the end and placed a fine finish past Kiraly.

All in all though, despite a listless performance from Hungary, the Germans will be happy that they managed to restrict the Magyars even a single decent opportunity in the entire game. Manuel Neuer, in his first game since being confirmed number one, had little to do, but mopped up any danger that came his way and showed safe handling.

On the evidence of this performance, and at this stage of preparations, Loew will be quite satisfied with yesterday’s showing. The biggest decision facing him is which of the two players to cut for his final 23. Based on yesterday, it really will not be a difficult decision.


1st half: As been common practice in the absence of the Bayern Munich players, Loew used a hybrid of the 4231/4141, with Toni Kroos providing the tactical fluidity in central midfield. Surprisingly enough, he was often the covering midfielder as Sami Khedira moved on ahead of him. Oezil was almost a shadow striker while Podolski played more like a hanging forward. Often during the game they have lined up like this:





2 nd half: More standard fare from Loew, with a switch to a more conventional 442 which developed into a 41311. The second half ended with Germany lining up like this:






Neuer: 7 (Safe handling, and came out well, almost a Barthez moment at the end)

Boateng: 5.5 (Out of position often, strong going up, right-back not his position)

Mertesacker: 7 (Solid, uncompromising and a calming presence)

Friedrich: 6 (Not overly tested, but one shocking tackle)

Westermann: 6.5 (Left-back not his best position, still did well for the most part)

Khedira: 8.5 (Best player on the pitch, calm and incisive all in one go)

Kroos: 5.5 (Added tactical fluidity, not much else, shooting below par)

Podolski: 6 (Super penalty, but not too involved in proceedings)

Trochowoski: 7 (Busy the entire time on the pitch, not the most productive)

Oezil: 8 (Most creative player, but has to work on finishing)

Klose: 5.5 (Shadow of his former self, did little of note, wasted a good chance)


Aogo: 6 (Should only be played DM as a last resort, did not impress overly)

Jansen: 7 (Added physical presence and burst down the left)

Marin: 8.5 (The best player in the second half, willing to take on players)

Cacau: 8 (Adds a new dimension to the German attack)

Gomez: 7 (Lucky to get the goal, otherwise little of note)

Badstuber: — (solid, unspectacular debut)


Written by quazi zulquarnain

May 30, 2010 at 8:29 am