France vs Germany: Les Bleus hold on in UEFA Nations League opener

07 September, 2018, 16:32 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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Expect a single goal to separate the two top teams of world football.

Toni Kroos, Jerome Boateng, Matthias Ginter of Germany and Nils Petersen of Germany controls the ball during a team Germany training session at Bayern Muenchen Campus on September 5, 2018.

The Final Four tournament will only be held in odd years, so as to avoid any clash or conflict on the football calendar especially with regards to the World Cup and European Championships. Germany might consider switching to a back three and moving Joshua Kimmich to midfield. "In the World Cup, you can only play who you are drawn against".

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane returned to the German side late in the second half - after being left out of the World Cup squad - but was unable to make an impact in his seven minutes on the pitch.

Germany saw the lion's share of possession during the opening 45 minutes, but clear sights of goal were at a premium and it wasn't until the 18th minute that either goalkeeper was tested when Timo Werner's low curler was comfortably collected by Areola.

It would be a surprise if his starting 11 did not closely resemble the team that began the semi-final defeat to Croatia.


France coach Didier Deschamps: "Germany were world champions".

France will have to do without skipper Hugo Lloris who misses out with a thigh injury. With backup keeper, Steve Mandanda also injured, France do not have an experienced keeper on their roster.

Deschamps will likely start the same back four he did at the World Cup. While France are very strong in their own side of the field, their defenders rarely get any of the headlines.

France are arriving with Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele among their ranks.

The two sides had vastly different fortunes in Russian Federation over the summer. All the players are at the best on the physical level.

With Euro 2020 on the horizon, Southgate will be anxious to maintain momentum and the fact the 26th meeting between England and Spain takes place in UEFA's new-fangled Nations League means the fixture, rather than simply a high-profile friendly, is assured of a competitive edge. Live streaming is available on ESPN+, which you can access with your cable or satellite subscriptions, either online or through the ESPN+ app. Germany do not play again until October 13, when they play the Dutch in Amsterdam.

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