Even if Brazil and Argentina are the big favorites for the World Cup in Qatar, Germany will probably have to be counted on this year. Eight years after her last coronation in the competition, the quadruple world champion (1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014) arrives with great ambitions. Especially since it is revengeful after its elimination in the group stage in 2018, with surprise defeats against South Korea and Mexico…
Germany, sure of its strength
The latest results (1 victory, 5 draws and 1 defeat in 7 games) did not hold back the hopes of a selection that could rely on exceptional individuals. Besides one of the best goalkeepers in the world, Manuel Neuer, German coach Hans-Dieter Flick can count on defender Antonio Rüdiger, midfielders Jamal Musiala, Thomas Müller and Joshua Kimmich and the attacking duo Serge Gnabry – Leroy Sané to get the Grail.
The backbone of Bayern Munich is the lethal weapon of this German machine which frightens many of its competitors, starting with the Japanese. Defeated in the round of 16 of Euro 2018, the Germans must do (much) better in Qatar given their workforce and their history.
The Samurai Blueon tip-toes
24th in the FIFA rankings, the Japanese selection should not suffer from an inferiority complex against the Nationalmannschaft. With Spain and Costa Rica in the group, he will have to beat one of the ogres of world football to hope to qualify for the round of 16.
With former Marseille Hiroki Sakai and Arsenal centre-back Takehiro Tomiyasu, Japan are beginning to rely on players who have proven themselves in Europe.
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On which channel to watch the match
This first day of Group E will be broadcast on beIN Sports 1 and beIN Sports 2 at 2 p.m., only for subscribers.