Germany World Cup 2018 Team Guide: Strengths, Weaknesses, Tactics, Squad

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Defending champions Germany may even seem to be a stronger force than they were last time round and Joachim Low could look to be one of a select bunch to win back to back World Cups.

Strengths

This German side seems to have no weakness on initial viewing. In goal, Low is spoilt for choice as Manuel Neuer and Marc Andre ter-Stegen make an interesting battle for a spot in the playing eleven. Although the former is expected to be selected, the Barcelona keeper could prove to be more than adequate backup.

In defence, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels are one of the strongest centre-back pairings in world football today while Joshua Kimmich is growing to become a more than adept suitor to former captain Philipp Lahm.

The likes of Thomas Muller, Timo Werner and Marco Reus will be looking to provide a goal-scoring threat while creative geniuses in Toni Kroos and Mesut Ozil will be their creator-in-chiefs.

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Weaknesses

Germany may seem to have it all sorted out on paper, but it could be argued that Kroos would have liked someone sitting alongside him who could both pull the strings from deep and shield the back four. Sami Khedira and Ilkay Gundogan do either of the two, which could restrict the Real Madrid man playing a deeper role, thus affecting his impact in the final third.

Tactics

Low has opted for a 4-2-3-1 shape so as to utilise the width of the pitch and also have in a number 10 to find the pockets of space and wreak havoc in and around the penalty area. Muller, Ozil and Reus are expected to be the illustrious trio lining up behind Werner.

Kroos will also be key in this system as he has pulled the strings from deep for Die Mannschaft for the past several years and is still key to the controlling proceedings for the world’s best football team.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Marc-André ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp

Defenders: Jerome Boateng, Matthias Ginter, Mats Hummels, Antonio Rüdiger, Jonas Hector, Marvin Plattenhardt, Niklas Süle, Joshua Kimmich

Midfielders: Julian Brandt, Julian Draxler, Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gündogan, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Mesut Özil, Sebastian Rudy

Forwards: Marco Reus, Thomas Müller, Mario Gomez, Timo Werner

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