France – Germany: Some reasons for optimism for Germany, despite loss to World Champions France (2-1)

Joachim Löw surprised with a new system that outplayed the World Champions in their own stadium. After an early lead for Germany, Didier Deschamps’ adjustments brought France back in the game and, with some fortune, France managed to win the game. Despite the defeat, however, there are finally reasons to be optimistic about Germany.

Stepping into the World Champions den, facing the risk of relegation, all narratives pointed to the final nail in the coffin for Joachim Löw. What we saw instead was, perhaps, the first game of a new Germany. Löw switched to a 5-2 . . .

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Sérgio Sampaio (30) is an amateur football analyst and author of the blog Segundo Volante ( You can find him watching, and perhaps writing about, all kinds of football: more likely to watch an Europa League qualifier in the summer than friendlies, only to then complain about the quality of the game. He abandons reason when it comes to believing FC Famalicão will play European football in his lifetime. [ View all posts ]


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