The ‘False 9’ dimension
At the World Cup all eyes will be on Miroslav Klose as he tries to eclipse Brazilian legend Ronaldo’s World Cup goalscoring record.
The veteran striker was left on the bench against Cameroon however, as Joachim Low started Mario Gotze upfront in what surely is a “false 9” role.
He was well supported by Marko Reus, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller; all three possessing the speed, skill and craft to carve open any defence.
Unsurprisingly, it was all Germany in the first few minutes as they went in search of an early goal.
The four attackers created multiple chances between themselves as they found space time and time again for some quick interchanging play.
The beauty of the false 9 attacking system is how difficult it is to keep up with the three men behind the frontman.
On the evidence of the first half especially, Kwesi Appiah would need to be wary of this alternate system for Germany.
No high lines, please!
As obvious as it may seem, it cannot overemphasized that playing a high defensive line against the Germans will only end in destruction.
The Cameroons highlighted this fact, as they were continually caught out and torn apart by through balls from midfield.
Reus and Boateng were the benefactors of this high line as they got down the flanks with a lot of ease.
The Black Stars would need to keep things tight at the back; the Germans are good at breaking through offside traps one way or the other, and we know what could happen after that.
Strength in depth
Joachim Low has a plethora of options to call on in times of need, and we saw that in full force against the Indomitable Lions.
Substitutes Podolski and Schurrle combined to give the Germans a 2-1 lead. Schurrle replaced Mario Gotze, with Podolski coming on for Mesut Ozil.
This is a key component in tournament football, and we could be seeing that in the second round match between the Germans and the Black Stars.
It is however still relatively unclear what Low’s starting formation will be, although Schurrle will most probably start from the bench.
Appiah should do well to keep an eye on the gamechangers the Europeans possess, in order not to be caught by surprise.
GERMANY XI: Weidenfeller, Boateng, Mertesacker, Hummels, Durm, Khedira, Kroos, Muller, Ozil, Reus, Gotze
CAMEROON XI: Itandje, Djeugoue, Matip, Nkoulou, Bedimo, Enoh, Song, M’Bia, Moukandjo, Choupo-Moting, Eto’o
By: Kelvin Wellington [ Follow Wellington on Twitter ]
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