Defending champion, Germany still haven’t secure their spot in the last 16 of this year’s FIFA World Cup, but they will be able to should they bag all three points against Korea Republic this Wednesday.
Their dramatic 2-1 victory over Sweden, didn’t just give Joachim Low’s men that massive revival shot, but apparently also gives that slight lifeline for the Asian outfit.
This situation will create a stronger tension in the midweek battle as both teams are going after for nothing else aside from three points.
Despite having their motivation on a high following their last ditch victory over Sweden, there’s still many questions regarding their defensive solidity, which almost cost them on that second match.
Notably, Korea might try to exploit the gap at Germany’s defense, especially with the pace of their attacking players, notably Son Heung-Min.
Low must certainly aware with his team’s defensive frailties in their last two games and should do his best in improving it, before it really cost them that qualification ticket into the next round.
As for Korea, their swing of mood might be an extra motivation to help them getting maximum points against the defending champion.
Although it’s unlikely, the pressure that Germany players have, could give the Asian side an edge if they can take it as an advantage.
However, the Taegeuk Warriors must improve their performance, especially their attacking plays, if they want any shot of beating Low’s side.
Probable starting line up:
Germany: Manuel Neuer; Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Sule, Mats Hummels, Jonas Hector – Ilkay Gundogan, Toni Kroos; Thomas Muller, Marco Reus, Timo Werner; Mario Gomez.
Korea Republic: Jo Hyeonwoo; Lee Yong, Kim Younggwon, Jang Hyunsoo, Hong Chul; Hwang Heechan, Koo Jacheol, Jeong Wooyoung, Lee Seungwoo; Lee Jaesung, Son Heungmin.