Defending champion, Germany will start their World Cup 2018 campaign on Sunday with an intriguing battle against Concacaf giant, Mexico.
Both teams have met recently in the Confederation cup, which Der Panzer comfortably won 4-1, but that result is not something that will provide comfort for their head coach, Joachim Low as he know they will be facing a new and different challenge this time around.
Low will certainly prepare his best possible line up to face El Tri, which reportedly includes the likes of Julian Draxler, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller as that key trio just behind the striker.
Meanwhile, Mexico themselves are keen on taking revenge over their disappointing defeat during Confederation Cup, though it won’t be an easy task for Juan Carlos Osorio’s team.
Although acknowledging that his team are not the favorite for that Sunday battle, Osorio insisted that his team are not scared of Germany and ready to put on a strong effort to overcome the defending champion.
Both teams are considered to be the two strongest side in their group, so the winner of that opening tie could very well decide which side set to be topping Group F.
The match will definitely be an exciting one, especially if Mexico can put on a competitive battle and cause problems for the defending champion.
Probable starting line up:
Germany: Manuel Neuer(g); Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Jonas Hector; Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos; Thomas Müller, Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler; Timo Werner.
Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa(g); Carlos Salcedo, Hugo Ayala, Hector Moreno, Miguel Layun; Hector Herrera, Andres Guardado; Carlos Vela; Jesus Corona, Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano