Match prizes from Germany's 1-1 draw with Italy in the Nations League

Match prizes from Germany’s 1-1 draw with Italy in the Nations League

It was Germany’s first game in the Nations League, fantastic. There were some bright spots, and there were some non-bright spots. There were some good players, and there were some bad players. Here it is distinguished from the previous one.

Jersey Swap: Roberto Mancini

Mancini had a good game plan and stuck to it. Use the traditional Italian language Catinaccio So much, that Germany could not easily penetrate it, even with all it owned. Italy’s counters weren’t too sharp, but it was enough to keep Germany on guard, and given that this was a relatively inexperienced Italian team, it’s impressive how they managed to keep what was close to German XI. The future looks bright for Italy, even after the fiasco at the World Cup. Mancini was the guy behind it, and he did a good job tonight.

Caesar’s Monastery: Antonio Rüdiger

The new Real Madrid defender was easily the best. He rarely missed a pass from the back, even in the midst of Italian high pressure. He’s also had plenty of loose balls before any Italian striker can, while also being a constant aerial threat as well. Rudiger was Germany’s best player in the first half, and although his team conceded a goal in the second half, it was not his fault, but a cheap cross had to be repelled. Otherwise, his play was nearly impeccable, and it showed why he went on to become the current European Champion.

Der Fußballgott: Jonas Hoffmann

While Hoffmann was technically hired as a right-back replacement for the ineffective Benjamin Henrichs, you wouldn’t know it with the way he played. Breathing fresh air down the right wing, the Gladbach man was the one who turned a tricky game toward Germany in the closing stages. It was Hoffmann’s ball that resulted in Joshua Kimmich’s equalizer, and he was a constant threat for the half hour he spent on the field. He also played a little higher in the final minutes after Serge Gnabry went off, and while he didn’t make any more goals, he was still impressive.

Der Bomber: Thomas Muller

Bayern Munich’s main man wasn’t the same bright guy he used to be today, and he wasn’t with a lot of players Ruckrunde. However, he has offered his class on multiple occasions today. He did his best against a very difficult defensive block, and was laying off a number of chances in the first half, chances that could have been converted if his teammates had been a little better at finishing the match. He was replaced relatively early on, but that’s probably a good thing, considering Germany will need him fresh for the remaining three games of the international break. I hope he plays better on Tuesday, but again, that goes for the whole team, I think.

Maester of the Match: Joshua Kimmish

Even without his goal, Kimmich made a good game. The father of three was now at the heart of Germany’s midfield, pulling all the strings as necessary, and doing his best to instigate attacks, which were unfortunately mostly lost on the rather mediocre wingers. The only downside for Kimmich was that he struggled a bit with tackles today, but that wasn’t his only problem – did you see how slippery the pitch was? In addition, he more than made up for it with his quick goal, a very important goal that prevented the match from slipping away from Germany. It’s encouraging to see that even after a draining season, Kimmich is still more than willing to give his all in every game.

Bonus: Director’s Review

Today was not the best match and there is no point in denying it. However, this was less due to tactics and more due to players failing. Hansi Flick’s game plan was very good, but his team enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and could have walked away with a win had it not been for a few lackluster touches on the field. But still, I wouldn’t say that Flick’s tactics were great today. What I will commend him are his replacements. Jonas Hoffmann and Jamal Musiala turned the match in Germany’s favour, and although it took a bit for them to get to the match, the final 20 minutes were fun to watch. All that was missing was a goal, and that’s something to work on. But overall, Flick could have done a lot worse with this game.

2022-06-04 22:30:00

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