I am unimpressed by Ecuador too, and I am sure Germany will show them up.
This by far is the fastest and most creative german team I have seen in a long time.
the sub-right winger they brought on against Poland, he had crazy speed.
Klose looks very much like a Klinsmann clone, though probably not as good in the air. guess they need someone like Bierhoff to complement him
and also watchout for the Italians. I was mucho impressed with them
Actually, rb, the German defense is anything but “vaunted.” Their defense is universally acknowledged as their weakest point. Maybe 10 years ago they had a “vaunted” defense, but no-one thinks that any longer. Their big problem is they lack pace at the back. So they looked really bad against Costa Rica, when they tried to defend high up the pitch and play offside. But against Poland, they defended deep, which makes a lot more sense and worked so much better. This German team is not great, but they’re certainly significantly better than 4 years ago.
Mexico are really struggling in this one. They badly need to change things around.
Klose is bigger and stronger than Klinsmann was, and better in the air. Klinsmann however was a lot quicker, had a lot better movement, and was a much better finisher (and a prolific diver). They’re not particularly similar as players. Klose’s a bit of a battering-ram, Klinsmann was a rapier.
Klose is bigger but they are both very fast to the ball. Somehow Klose just doesn’t get to as many balls in the air as you would expect him to, while Klinnsmann used to have excellent positioning.
rb, they needed an extra time goal against Poland, but they created tons of chances and were a touch unlucky. Their defence looks shaky, but they can score with anyone I am guessing.
Tough break for Ivory coast. they looked as good as holland today
David Wright Is My Lord And Savior (JHeit) - 16 June 2006 01:49 PM
That was a butt-whooping Argentina put on Serbia.
I only saw the first half, but I have to say the Argentines are by far the most impressive team to my mind so far. Assuming Germany win their group and squeak past Trinidad & Tobago, I don’t give them any chance of getting past Argentina.
Argentina is the only team playing a 3-5-2 I think
Holland v Argentina is gonnabe good. the argentine defence didn’t look that impressive against ivory coast in the second half..
a team with good wingers might cause them problems