Joachim Low to evaluate his starting eleven after Bosnia test?!

3rd June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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All round it was a very pleasing team effort and performance from Germany, who displayed bucket loads of character in the second period to overturn a one goal deficit against a talented and dangerous Bosnia side. Our only problem lye’s with Joachim Low. Germany started in a rather conservative 4-2-3-1 formation, with Schweinstieger and Khedira operating as two holding midfielders. The latter was actually impressive, displaying a lot of enthusiasm and attacking intent throughout. However, it restricted the amount of chances Germany had in the first period as they didn’t have enough players charging forward and asking questions of a Bosnia defence which had held firm rather comfortably throughout the first period. In the second half, after the introductions of Muller and Cacua, Germany went on the offensive and Low ditched the two holding midfielders. It was a ploy which paid dividends as the Germans looked destructive, with Cacua in particular a delight to watch. Marin was another player to come off the bench and make a real impact, dazzling us with his pace and skills. Both Cacua and Marin were instrumental, both playing their part in dragging Germany from the pits of despair and into a victorious position.


It’s almost as if Joachim Low has a team within a team, which bodes well for their chances as we now know Germany have the strength in depth to go far and compete for the full month if needed. However, we would go out on a limb and say some of their usual substitutes should be certain starters, as in the second half Joachim Low had more match winners on the pitch, players with creativity and flair, than in the first half. Some may say Low should use Cacua and Marin as impact players, super-subs, but Germany cannot afford to leave it too late with these guys as like tonight they could go a goal down against far stiffer opposition and perhaps won’t have enough to overturn a deficit.

Low runs the risk of bringing on his ‘wild cards’ too late especially against those fancied to perform well in South Africa; Argentina, Brazil, England etc. It was all a tad too one-paced in the first half, with only Khedira looking to take the game to Bosnia. In the second half, with Cacua and Marin unleashed by Low, Germany looked a constant threat and had the Bosnian defence quacking in their boots. The debate now will be; If Low starts with either Cacua or Marin, or both, then who will he bring off the bench? Gomez and Klose, two forwards Low would ideally rather start with, just haven’t performed for Germany in recent internationals and while Klose has always come good in previous World Cup’s – Scoring five goals in his last two finals – there are massive doubts over his potential to shine for a third successive tournament.


It’s food for thought for Joachim Low, although it’s a lovely conundrum to have.

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