It what was the biggest shock of the 2018 World Cup so far when the holders Germany were beaten 1-0 by Mexico in their Group F opener, and there was nothing lucky about the scoreline. The North Americans were outstandingly energetic and punished their opponents on the counter-attack, causing all sorts of problems and exposing a vulnerability that is not usually associated with the German national team.
This was coupled with a distinct lack of cutting-edge as Die Mannschaft ran out of ideas. They are now likely to need maximum points from their remaining two fixtures to cement their place in the last-16. They will take belief from Spain’s 2010 campaign as they recovered from an opening loss to win the remainder of their fixtures and claim the trophy for the first time.
Joachim Low could well freshen up his line-up on Saturday night, with Julian Brandt a possible attacking option having come on as a substitute against Mexico – the Bayer Leverkusen winger was chosen ahead of Leroy Sane in the squad despite his remarkable season at Manchester City.
Sweden are likely to prove difficult opponents and they are one of the most organised European teams defensively as they showed in beating Italy over two-legs in the play-offs without conceding. This match, then, will display if Germany have the desire to go deep into this tournament once more, with the onus very much on them to claim all three points.
Blågult are appearing at their first World Cup since 2006 and are in a strong position to finish in the top two positions of Group F. They seem a more complete team since the international retirement of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and their 1-0 win over South Korea on matchday one suggests that Germany will find them tricky to break down – they should also have Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof back from illness.
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