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Germany against France could not have come at a worst moment: Germany have sacked their national coach, Hansi Flick, following the 4-1 debacle against Japan last Saturday. Confidence is low as the performances throughout the year have been disappointing, to say the least. It is now down to Rudi Völler, to organise the team. Völler, nicknamed “Auntie Käthe” has experience in taking over when things seem to go downhill: his first time in charge as national coach in 2000 was against Spain and Germany won 4-1.
— DFB-Team (@DFB_Team) September 12, 2023
The situation in 2023 is very different to that of autumn 2000. France were runners-up in the 2022 World Cup and come with their confidence intact.
Germany vs France H2H
- 1 Germany vs France H2H
- 1.1 Germany: How will the team react?
- 1.2 France: all eyes on Mbappé?</h3 For Didier Deschamps the task is clear: keep the winning streak of 2023. He has, however, a little problem: who will balance the attack? Kylian Mbappé on the left creates a disbalance and leaves the right wing underused, exposed even. In midfield, Antoine Griezmann will dictate the rhythm of the play, there is little doubt about that. In goal, Mike Maignan will continue to demonstrate why he is one of the best keepers currently, in the world. Antoine Griezmann (l) and Kylian Mbappe during the final training session. The national teams of Germany and France meet in D – Photo by Icon sport Last Time out
- 2 Final Prediction
In total 32 matches have been played since the 1930s of which France have won 15, while Germany managed to win 10 of those games. Only seven matches ended without a winner. It is important to note that four of those ten matches Germany have won came at the World Cup – the latest was the quarterfinal of the 2014 edition of this tournament held in Brazil. However, this was the last match Germany have won against France, all encounters since ended either in a defeat for the DFB team or were drawn.
— DFB-Team (@DFB_Team) September 11, 2023
One of those remarkable matches at the World Cup was the semi-final in 1982 when the German goalkeeper Harald ‘Toni’ Schumacher punched the French forward Patrick Battiston so much that he lost several teeth and was unconscious for some scary moments. Schumacher did not even receive a yellow card for his criminal attack.
The match in the autumn of 2015 was overshadowed by the terrorist attacks in Paris and outside the stadium. Not too far away from the entrance to the Stade de France, a suicide bomber killed himself after he was refused entry to the match. Unimaginable had he gained access.
Germany: How will the team react?
The first games after a change of coach are almost unpredictable. There may be a surge in confidence and Germany might turn out winners. It could well go the other way. It is important how the team react to the change of management and how they adapt to it on the pitch. Therefore, the focus will be on the team captain. In the past matches, this has been Joshua Kimmich who has been replaced by Ilkay Gündogan recently. His experience at Manchester City and Barcelona may help the team.
The last survivor of the successful team from 2014, Thomas Müller, may also prove pivotal. Though no longer a baby-faced killer, he may nonetheless find space for himself or create it for others.