New generation of Germans are terrific
SO much for Germany being in transition.
The old guard have gone and the next generation is only just emerging, but they are already a terrific side who will give Argentina one hell of a game on Saturday.
The brilliant Bastian Schweinsteiger pulled all the strings from midfield against England. Boy could we have done with him being injured.
And while we’ve been plagued by a lack of natural width throughout, the German wide boys ran us ragged.
Glen Johnson will have nightmares about the torture he received at the hands of Lukas Podolski while Ashley Cole has probably got more chance of winning back his missus than stopping Thomas Muller.
And up front Miroslav Klose comes alive on the international stage. He barely gets a kick for Bayern Munich these days and scored only six goals last season, but the 32 year-old is a different proposition for his country.
The Germans are also solid enough defensively but their one big weakness is between the sticks where the inexperienced Manuel Neuer appears to be an accident waiting to happen.
SHOULD HAVE GONE TO SPECSAVERS: The referee’s assistant who disallowed ‘the goal’.