Joachim Low’s Germany look well-equipped to win Sunday’s World Cup final at the Estádio do Maracanã
Since winning the 1990 World Cup in Italy, the Germans have regularly featured at the business end of the competition without claiming that all-important triumph.
However, this crop of players look set to deliver on their potential at long last, with Die Mannschaft looking like a great bet to claim victory in Sunday’s final against Argentina.
Germany are no bigger than 11/8 with Coral to claim victory although the way in which they dismantled Brazil in the semi-finals will mean the European side will have plenty of people backing them for success in Rio.
Two quarter final appearances in 1994 and 1998 was followed by an unlikely runner-up spot in 2002 before third place finishes in 2006 and 2010. Low’s side actually came into the tournament under some pressure to deliver although they haven’t looked back since beating Portugal 4-0 in their opening game.
What’s not to like about the current squad save for the fact that Marco Reus could have made them even better, with Miroslav Klose enjoying a World Cup swansong by becoming the all-time leading scorer at the ripe age of 36.
The Lazio man has a phenomenal strike rate of 71 goals in 136 appearances and will lead the line in front of Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Mesut Ozil. It’s an attacking trident which made absolute mincemeat out of Brazil on Tuesday night.
Nobody could have predicted a 7-1 slaying and the Germans actually took their foot off the gas in the second half, while a Bayern Munich element runs right through the team which includes Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Argentina were also among the favourites to win the tournament although they have been producing ordinary performances since beating Bosnia in their opening game, squeezing past Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands during the knockout stages.
La Albiceleste are as big as 5/2 to win the game and it would have seemed like a huge price a month ago, although the South Americans seem incredibly reliant on Lionel Messi to make things happen.
The Barcelona star has been pivotal in every single goal scored by his country in Brazil and it means that Germany will be keen to cut off the supply line in a match where you would expect them to have more possession.
The Germans actually have more big match experience amongst the squad and providing they keep Messi quiet, this could actually be a straightforward victory against an Argentine defence who are well covered by Javier Mascherano.
However, while they managed to keep the Swiss, Belgians and Dutch at bay, the might of Germany should be a completely different matter.