New gen­er­a­tion of Ger­mans are ter­rific

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

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’.

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