UEFA Nations League: Germany vs France
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The newly introduced UEFA Nations League will kick-start on 7 September 2019, with 2014 World Champions Germany facing 2018 World Champions France in Munich Germany.
The match is promised to be a perfect opener as both have won a combined five European Championships between them. As France returns to the field for the first time after a memorable World Cup campaign, Germany looks to bounce back from their dismal performance in the last World Cup where they were eliminated at the group stage following defeats to Mexico and South Korea.
Both teams look to begin the inaugural tournament with a win. The Netherlands is the third team in Group 1 along with France and Germany.
France has a superior advantage over Germany in head to head record as they have won 13 and lost only 7 of the 29 previous meetings between them. Given the style of play of both teams, a lot of goals are expected in the match.
The World Champions have retained a similar squad to the one that won the World Cup in Russia. Didier Deschamps might go with the strongest XI that he played in the World Cup with Mbappe, Giroud and Griezmann forming the front 3. But Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele may push for a start following his stunning form with his club.
Matuidi, Pogba and Kante will form the midfield. The duo of Varane and Umtiti will start at centre-back. Benjamin Pavard will retain his position at left back, and Benjamin Mendy will get the nod ahead of Lucas Hernandez following his performances with Manc City.
PSG Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola will make his debut for Les Blues since captain Hugo Lloris pulled out of the squad through an injury.
Die Nationalmannschaft are without Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil who announced his retirement from International football following the World Cup. Jonas Hector pulled out of the squad due to his recent workload.
Joachim Low made some changes to the team considering the future after a disastrous World Cup campaign in Russia. Captain Neuer is most likely to start in goal with Schulz, Hummels, Boateng and Kimmich forming the back four.
Gundogan and Kroos will constitute the central midfield, with Muller, Reus, Brandt, and Werner at the top. New Bayern signing Leon Goretzka will push for a start following his form with club.
Predicted lineup: Areola, Mendy, Umtiti, Varane, Pavard, Kante, Pogba, Matuidi, Griezmann, Mbappe, Giroud.
Predicted lineup: Neuer, Schulz, Hummels, Boateng, Kimmich, Gundogan, Kroos, Brandt, Muller, Reus, Werner.
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