Euro 2020: Germany Versus France Preview
Today, France and Germany will lock horns in their second match of Group F at the Football Arena Munich of Euro 2020.
France last went to the final of the championship in 2016 but lost 1-0 to Portugal and are hoping to begin a good start against Germany who lost the semi-final to France by 2-0.
This match is revenge for Germany after losing to France in the semifinal and France would want to do back-to-back wins over their rivals.
Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain)
Juan Carlos Yuste (Spain)
Roberto Alonso Fernandez (Spain)
Video Assistant Referee
Juan Martínez Munuera (Spain)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee 1
José María Sánchez (Spain)
Iñigo Prieto (Spain)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee 3
Alejandro Hernández (Spain)
Srdjan Jovanović (Serbia)
France is unbeaten in their last six matches winning all and drawing 1-1 with Ukraine whereas Germany has won three, draw one, and lost two in their last six games across all competition.
Both teams have met six times since 2014, France has won three times, Germany have won once and the rest been draw games.
Germany have scored at least 2 goals in their last 8 matches
Germany have won 7 of their last 8 matches
France have won 6 of their last 7 matches
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Germany’s last 6 games
A Look at both side European Football Championships records:
Germany has played in twelve UEFA European Football Championships, five times as West Germany and seven times as Germany.
Germany now holds the most record in participating UEFA European Championship in history including this year’s edition and that of 2024 which they have already qualified as host.
They are the joint-most successful side in the championship holding it three times, they won at Belgium 1972 beating the Soviet Union 3-0, Italy 1980 where they defeated Belgium 2-1 and at England 1996 where they won the Czech Republic 2-1.
The team finished out of the top eight only on two occasions, the tournaments of 2000 and 2004.
In all other editions, Germany had participated in the finals but once they reached at least semi-finals, doing so nine times, an unparalleled record in Europe.
Whilst, France have won the championship two times won two titles in 1984 and 2000. in 1984 they defeated Spain 2-0 to win it and in 2000 they won 2-1 against Italy.
France is just below Spain and Germany who have won three titles each. They had their worst result in the competition when they got eliminated in the first round in 1992 and 2008.
How would both teams’ lineup possibly?
France possible starting lineup: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez; Kante, Pogba, Rabiot; Griezmann; Mbappe, Benzema
Germany possible starting lineup: Neuer; Ginter, Hummels, Rudiger; Kimmich, Kroos, Gundogan, Gosens; Havertz, Muller; Gnabry
What are the Managers take on the game?
France coach Didier Deschamps wants his side to be much more effective and efficient in both boxes.
“It’s a massive game to start with. It’s a massive game for us but also for the Germans as we are both among the top European nations.
‘The objective is to be effective in both boxes as that’s where the game will be decided.”
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Germany coach Joachim Löw believes his side has quality players and will keep full focus in the game.
“We have a lot of qualities in our team, a good balance, a good mix between attack and defence. In attack we have a lot of quality – Werner, Sané, Havertz, Müller and Gnabry, to name just a few, can decide a game on their own. Both sides have dangerous attackers, you have to be focused every second, and not take your eyes off any of them.”
What are the Captains saying about this match?
France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris charges his teammates to put out their utmost best against a great football nation like Germany.
“Our forwards will be closely watched and if we are to achieve a great result then above all it will be achieved by great team performance.
‘Those three are capable of making the difference at any time but we are looking for balance on the pitch and to control the match against a great footballing nation.”
Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer thinks France has a sharp attacker and urges his team to know how to deal with them.
“France have top attackers who are very important to the side. We know about them, not just Mbappé. We respect them and I guess it’s the same the other way round – how they feel towards us, too.”
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