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For decades, German football players have been described as “machines”, indicating that they derive their power the more the “engine” works, and the longer their career in tournaments.

This time it is different. Coach Joachim Loew’s battalion will clash with a heavyweight opponent who has no time to “warm up the engine”.

World champion France and the 2014 champion of Brazil will start their European campaign in the European Nations Cup 2020, with a direct confrontation (Tuesday, June 15). It is certain that both would have wanted to postpone it to the knockout stages had it not been for the draw judge.

Set the tone of victory to the rhythm of departure

On paper, the “roosters” seem closer to resolving the match than the “machines”, the team preparing to bid farewell to its coach after 15 years on the coaches bench. The hour of departure struck after Joachim Loew announced his resignation at the end of the continental championship.

For this reason, Loew insists on “tuning” the rhythm of the departure with the tone of victory, or at least handing over a team that has regained the “team spirit” mentality that is credited with winning the World Cup in Brazil, in light of many questions and doubts as a result of the deteriorating conditions of the team in the past three years.

On the other hand, Didier Deschamps and “Duke” head to the German city of Munich to compete in Group F, or “Group of Death”. After the German mission, Portugal, the defending champion, along with Hungary, awaits him.

The challenges of the French team do not lie in Germans fighting for their “reputation” only, but also in internal problems that began to appear in public a few days before the start of the match, which brought together veteran strikers Olivier Giroud on the one hand and Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe. Giroud, who scored two goals in Bulgaria’s friendly after entering the field from the bench and contributed to the 3-0 victory, pointed the finger at the “uncooperative” Mbappe, criticizing that he did not get many balls.

Searching for “Manifest Revenge”?

Tuesday’s match may become an opportunity for the French team to erase the effects of its bitter exit from the World Cup in Brazil in the quarter-finals against “Mannschaft” with a header from defender Mats Hummels at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

And if this happens, it will be a “clear revenge” after the first step when Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann scored the two goals to win the first time against Germany in a global competition since 1958, in the semi-finals of “Euro 2016”, which it hosted on its way to the final before losing to Portugal 0-1 in extra time.

Griezmann, Giroud and Mbappe are France’s striking force, but the Germans, in turn, have shining names such as Kai Havarts, who led Chelsea to the Champions League title and his colleague Leroy Sane. This was also confirmed by Bayern Munich defender and “roosters” Benjamin Bavar, in response to the underestimation of Germany’s attackers, saying that “it has a good group of young players and I do not think that they are so weak.”

A “dirty” defense?

The German defense will certainly not be an easy task, especially as it has proven its fragility after receiving 20 goals in its last 13 matches, and was able to keep a clean sheet only in three of them.

It is noteworthy that Giroud’s colleague at Chelsea, the solid German defender, Antonio Rudiger, in a recent statement, went to say that the defense line should be “a little dirty” in order to stop the French attacking tide, in light of expectations that Loew would resort to a 2-5 method. 3 to break the attacking risk of “Duke”.

Despite this, the “pride” urged by the coach and the players’ desire to erase the fingerprints of Russia’s bitter experience, as stressed by Mats Hummels, who recently returned to the ranks of the Germans, after an absence of two and a half years, and the thirst for “reconciliation of the masses”, as stated by Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), the offensive card. Unruly that will be the German pillar in the face of France.

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