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[2019-11-16] Germany vs Belarus

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What is your prediction for this match?

Poll ended at Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:45 pm

Germany will win
2
100%
It will end in a draw
0
No votes
Belarus will win
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 2

Re: [2019-11-16] Germany vs Belarus

Postby MUTU » Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:10 pm

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Re: [2019-11-16] Germany vs Belarus

Postby Jorge » Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:49 pm

MUTU wrote:Two very nice goals from Kroos in fact, and to think that years ago some people thought he was done for.

Kroos certainly slowed down after winning 3 consecutive Champions League titles, I would say that 2016-17 was the pinnacle of his career, the way he, Cassemiro and Modric dominated the midfield was exquisite to watch, it almost reached the level of the Busquets-Xavi-Iniesta era. By 2017-18 even though, they won again Kroos was much slower and limited; and last year in his own words he was not in form.
Many (including the famous swipe that Schuster took at him saying he was "as slow as a diesel tractor") thought that Kroos was on his way down but I have heard in sports talk shows recently about how hard Kroos has been working on his fitness.
It is impressive how light and quick he looked yesterday, compared let's say to Gündoğan, Kroos seems to be at another level. As for the goals, regardless of the quality of the opponent, that's the type of player that Kroos is. He goes for 90 minutes doing his work but if the opponent blinks he can punish any team.
I give credit to Joachim Low as well, even when Germany's play from the back was hard to watch at times, and playing Goretzka as a target central striker could be innovative but ineffective to the point that it made Werner and Gnabry disappear, he got it right, completely right in the midfield. Knowing the limitations of the opponent, Kimmich stayed deep as a single stopper (similar to what Cassemiro or Kante do) while Gundo and Kroos alternated going forward giving Germany what lacked with the front 3, or the limited incursions of Schulz and Klostermann on the wings.
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