It has been 24 years since Germany last won the World Cup. On Sunday we expect them to lift the most prestigious trophy in football for a fourth time in their history.
Germany slaughtered Brazil in the semi-final, exposing the hosts weaknesses as they showed their ruthlessness as only the Germans do. They were 5-0 up inside half an hour before finishing 7-1 winners.
Argentina barely mustered a shot on target in their semi-final against the Netherlands, finishing 0-0 before winning on penalties.
Despite an array of attacking talent that includes Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuaín, Sergio Agüero, Ezequiel Lavezzi and that could see Ángel di María return from injury on Sunday, Argentina have scored just twice in their three knock-out ties.
That means Alejandro Sabella’s side have only scored more than one goal in two of their six games at the 2014 World Cup. In contrast, Germany have only scored less than one goal in two of their six matches.
Sabella has tightened up the defence in the knock-out ties though – yet to concede a goal since the group stage and going 373 minutes in all since Sergio Romero last picked the ball out of his own net (excluding the penalty shootout!). Martín Demichelis alongside Ezequiel Garay in their past two games has only seen their goalkeeper face two shots on target over the past two games, or three and a half hours.
Argentina had allowed 16 shots on target in their opening four matches against lesser opposition, conceding three goals with Federico Fernández in central defence.
Joachim Löw’s side has too much attacking talent for Argentina to keep quiet. Whether it is the goalscoring prowess of Miroslav Klose up front, or the movement of Thomas Müller. They have Mesut Özil, Müller and Toni Kroos created the chances, with Bastian Schweinsteiger popping up front defensive midfield to support, and Philipp Lahm bombing on from midfield.
There are goalscorers all over the pitch for Germany – Thomas Müller (5), André Schürrle (3), Miroslav Klose (2), Toni Kroos (2) and Mats Hummels (2) all have more than one goal in this tournament. Lionel Messi (4) is the only Argentine who has more than one goal.
Germany are a threat in open play, on the counter-attack and from set pieces. They are the complete package going forward and have a good defence and great goalkeeper too.
Defensively, Germany kept two clean sheets in their three group matches and the only goals they have conceded since then have been consolations – Algeria with virtually the last kick in extra-time in the second round and Oscar for Brazil when they were 7-0 down. France only forced two noteworthy saves from Manuel Neuer in the quarter-final.
Expect to see Lionel Messi in tears and lots of arrogant Germans at the end of this match because Germany are going to win the 2014 World Cup!
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