Germany and France will revive their old rivalry this Thursday at the Velodrome in Marseille, with the final of Euro in play and an uncertain prognosis.
In principle, Germany, backed by the history and status as world champion, should be the favorite, but the heavy casualties that comprise Joachim Loew and doubts which showed the coach himself against Italy have filed a little aura of inaccessible the "Mannschaft".
If two years ago during the World Cup, Germany was growing up to the peak in the historic semifinal against Brazil (1-7), in this Euro comes with doubt until the penultimate round.
Loew has not given an offensive system that convince you. It started with Mario Götze as false 9, but did not respond to what I expected and has not had the contribution of an unrecognizable Thomas Müller, who even missed his penalty in the shootout against Italy.
But doubts also extended to defensive scheme. Against the Italians was a more cautious set, with a line of three central and reinforced center field, the bonds was not released until the second half. It has not been the combinative Germany World, reminiscent in many phases to the best Spain, but rather a set that simply seeks to have the ball away from his goal.
The German coach also has fallen through the defense before it is supposed to be the most difficult match.
France, meanwhile, arrives elated to Marseille. Against Iceland (5-2) disappeared all its complex, finally he gave a good image and won a hobby that hopes to turn the Velodrome in a pressure cooker.
Although clashes in total, France has won more games (12-6-9), "les bleus" no defeat to Germany in a competitive match since 58 years ago, when they won 6-3 in the match for third place in the World Cup in Sweden, with four goals from Just Fontaine.