Berlin – It has been a successful week for German football. The Under 21s played a great European Championship and won the final against Spain on Friday. Meanwhile, the senior side are in another final on Sunday (20:00 CEST, 02/07/17) – the Confederations Cup final. For the senior team, it is Copa America champions Chile who await them.
At this year’s competition, which serves as a rehearsal for the World Cup, the DFB Team have performed very well. It’s a different Germany side to the one we’re used to seeing, but this newly assembled team full of debutants and internationally inexperienced players has impressed. “The team has always had the hunger and discipline and they enjoy playing. A united team has formed since we’ve been together,” says national team coach Joachim Löw, who so far has deployed Hertha’s Marvin Plattenhardt once. That was in the win over Cameroon.
One match away from glory
In Chile, a physically strong opponent awaits Germany in the final. They are a team who have already tested Germany in this tournament. In the second group-stage match, the South Americans demanded a lot from Löw’s men and the two sides couldn’t be separated in a 1-1 draw. The Chileans, who the DFB Team coach already praised as one of the best teams in the world, overcame Portugal in a penalty shootout to reach the final. “We know Chile and know what to expect. However, in the group stage we showed that we don’t have to hide from them,” noted PLattenhardt, who was an unused substitute in Germany’s 4-1 semi-final win over Mexico.
The Blue-White has is eyes on the prize ahead of the final – even after a long season. “We’re in the final. We can and want to go to our pain limits, whether that’s in 90 or 120 minutes. We want to crown this tournament and the past few weeks with the trophy, which have developed us all,” said Plattenhardt. What is clear, is that success in the final would only add to an already exceptional week for German football.