Germany brace themselves for Chile test


Chile top the Group B standings on goal difference ahead of Thursday's clash in Kazan, as Germany could only manage a narrow 3-2 win over Australia. "Chile are well experienced and have fantastic individual players".

Chile says it will consider bidding to host the 2026 World Cup with some of its South American neighbors.

Sanchez could only feature for the second half in the match against Cameroon, but he is expected to start against Germany.

None of the side that won the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil is present in coach Joachim Loew's squad in Russian Federation, with some having retired and others either injured or rested. "We came here to play a certain way against the very best, we stuck to our principles, and they were just too good for us". Low's men also got the upper hand in a friendly between the two teams in 2014, winning 1-0 thanks to a goal from Mario Gotze. goals have been scored in Germany's nine previous matches at the FIFA Confederations Cup, an average of 4.3 per game.

Up front, the "oldie" in the team, Sandro Wagner was uncharacteristically sloppy in his finishing and after Timo Werner had a bright cameo against the Socceroos, perhaps it it time for Germany to go all-out with youth. All of their players can score, with the exception of one or two.

"Chile have fantastic individual players and are flexible tactically like few other teams, they can switch things around several times during a match". Chile will most likely control possession.

Both sides are among the favourites, along with European champions Portugal, to win the Confederations Cup. "Our world champions, Champions League winners and Bayern's many title-winning players need as a sort of motivation", Löw told "Bild".

Chile was eliminated by host Brazil in a penalty shootout in the Round of 16 of the World Cup, than went on to win the Copa America in 2015 and 2016.

Super Stat: Germany have faced Chile thrice (1962, 1974 and 2014) in the World Cup, coming out on top on all three occasions! "We all recognize that we are part of a group of national teams that have great players and have been competing very well".

Die Mannschaft stalwarts such as Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Marco Reus and Mesut Ozil were all left out of the squad, while Leroy Sane and Manuel Neuer were unavailable due to injury.

The versatile 22-year-old, who can play as a central midfielder or at right-back, is in Low's squad for the Confederations Cup and has earned 15 caps for his country since making his senior debut last year.

Loew said that goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen will return to the starting lineup after Bernd Leno played against Australia.

Meanwhile, Australia will play Cameroon in St Petersburg tonight with both teams knowing they can ill afford another loss.