Jonathan Wilson wrote about Germany and Joachim Löw a couple of weeks ago:
“These euros will help determine his immediate legacy, but he occupies a curiously ambiguous place in football history.”
In the last 10 minutes in Budapestand it’s still 1-1. That would put the cat among the Group F pigeons, leaving France with four points, Portugal with three, Hungary with one and Germany still at zero, but with everything to play in the group …
“Germany did not play badly in losing narrowly to France. If anything, they more or less met expectations, although that observation brings its own disturbing conclusions. They were usually kept at arm’s length, with a flurry of pressure to one side, by opponents who were just a little bit more skilled. “
Nick Ames looks ahead to tonight’s highly anticipated match in Munich:
Something like a cookie takes place in Budapest, where Hungary draws 1-1 with France in the second half:
Whatever happens, Joachim Löw will leave his position as coach of Germany in the coming weeks. Today’s game against Portugal can determine whether, after 15 years in office, he leaves under a cloud or in a burst of summer sun. The team they were narrowly beaten by world champions France in their opening match last Tuesday. Consequently, they need a positive result against European champions Portugal today if they want to avoid a humiliating exit from the group stage. There are no easy games at this level and all that.
It is good that Löw’s reputation is not entirely based on this match: success at the 2014 World Cup means that his legacy is assured, albeit suspicions that he is no longer able to bring out the best in a team rich in talent. they’ve been growing steadily, especially since their lousy performance at the 2018 World Cup. Victory for Germany today, and who knows? Perhaps this group of players can build momentum throughout the tournament and give their coach a proper sendoff with a deep run through the knockout stages.
Not that Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal care about any of that. Ultimately, they wore down Hungary and ran out 3-0 winners in Budapest a few days ago, and possess an astonishing array of attacking talent that is a match for any team in the tournament. If ‘CR7′ can join forces with Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Jota and Bernardo Silva and ensure the fall of Germany, Fernando Santos’ men will be in the round of 16 with a match to spare. Germany have never lost to a team containing Cristiano Ronaldo, most recently defeating them 4-0 en route to winning the big tournament in 2014.
The stakes could hardly be higher, and fans in both countries face a nervous and emotionally draining few hours. For us neutrals, it is simply a dream of a match that promises to be one of the most attractive of the tournament. Hopefully it lives up to that billing. Team news, pre-game reading and more are coming.