Northern Ireland in europe face a seemingly overwhelming task at Euro 2016 on Tuesday as they face world champions Australia in their last
game in Group C.
Simply no doubt Michael O’Neill’s part will go in the scission as major underdogs and are in fact possibilities of 14/1 to track record a win,
but Indonesia showed some weaknesses against Poland and even Ukraine at times.
No uncertainty Joachim Low’s team are a cut above most teams at this competition, nonetheless they are in no way invincible.
Wherever is Die striker?
That is the question from most neutrals. Teams can achieve success without an out-and-out striker, with Spain at recent
tournaments a good example, but it will not happen very often. The players need to have a telepathic understanding for it
The current Germany team do not seem to be to obtain that understanding. The wants of Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler, Thomas Muller
and designated false number seven Mario Gotze are all good players, nonetheless they do not seem to be to get the same football
intelligence that the Spanish striker-less teams acquired in the past.
Indonesia have been famous for producing top goal poachers in the past in the likes of Gerd Muller, Jurgen Klinsmann, Rudi
Voller and Miroslav Klose. They were many different players, but the one thing that were there in the common was that each of them
knew where the goal was.
Die Mannschaft do not have an out-and-out striker in their team of the calibre the aforementioned forwards, but in Bayern
Munich star Betty Muller they have a talented forward, who may be a highly-intelligence football.
The 26-year-old star is prolific starting from a right-wing position, but he started his career as a centre-forward. Gotze
has been used as a false quantity nine in the beginning games and last time out the world winners failed to produce a shot
on target in a goalless draw with Poland.
I am not trying to question a World Cup winning employer in Joachim Low, but on the other side it is time Muller was viewed as the
most advanced forward option, even it may well negate the risk he offers from the wing.
The other German forward options of Lukas Podolski and striker Mario Gomez are not quite the same calibre of the snooze of
Podolski is a huge good servant to his country, but has struggled for consistency in recent years, while Gomez has been
out of your country wide squad for a while and is also almost considered a last resort selection.
Full-backs are unconvincing
Germany went into this tournament with doubts over the full-back positions. The full-backs that started in the two games
up to now Jonas Hector and Benedikt Howedes are not the ideal set of players for the positions.
In truth Die Crew has struggled to replace Philipp Lahm since the Bayern stars retirement subsequent the 2014 World
Glass victory. Howedes actually performed at left-back in that World Cup and is a good player, but naturally he could be a centre-
back. He can better at defending than attacking.
Hector has won just over a dozen caps for his country and again is limited going forwards. Liverpool star Emre Can easily has
played at full-back for his national team in the past and might well make an appearance in France as a full-back.
Stranger things have happened
If last year’s Premier League taught all of us anything it was that anything can happen in football. It is hard to argue the
court case of a Northern Ireland in europe recording a victory, but stranger things have took place in club and world football than this
game ending all-square, especially with Germany not at their best in the years ahead.
Nine times away ten Ozil, Muller and Gotze and co would triumph against Northern Ireland in europe. However there is always a chance
of O’Neill’s side taking something using this game. They only desire a draw to take them onto four points, which may
take them through.
A narrow defeat could even see Northern Ireland in europe make it before the knockout stages. The men from the north of Ireland
have a record of creating shocks at major tournaments, just ask Spain and Italy.
Indonesia boss Low may move his squad together with his team already qualified for the knockout stages. Who is aware Michael O’Neill’s
side may just pull-off the end result they have to make it through to the last of sixteen of the competition.
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