By Toyin Akiode



In the quest to win this FIFA Confederations Cup, overall favourites, Germany faces an uphill task against a tough and relentless Chile in the final.

Germany’s coach, Joachim Low, while responding to questions on his views about today’s opponents stated that:

“Chile are the strongest opponents in this tournament, we know them pretty well and we expect them to go for it in the final,” said Loew.

“They will be trying flat out to pull it off, as they are coming to the end of their season, and we will have to try and counter that.

“We know the Chileans are flexible in their game. They have been pursuing their own style for many years now, a very good and positive development.”

Hero of the semifinal, Claudio Bravo captured the mood in the Chilean camp when he said that “We are from a country that might not be used to these kinds of situations. So, by playing football, we have the chance to make our people happy so they can forget about their problems. That’s the most beautiful thing of all.”

Chile is going head to head for the second time in the tournament against Germany. They met in the group stage and drew with a goal apiece.

This stage is a totally different kettle of fish. It is down to one more match and one more win.

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Possible line up

Chile: Claudio Bravo; Mauricio Isla, Gary Medel, Gonzalo Jara, Jean Beausejour; Pablo Hernandez, Marcelo Diaz, Charles Aranguiz, Arturo Vidal; Eduardo Vargas, Alexis Sanchez. ​

Germany: Marc-Andre Ter Stegen; Matthias Ginter, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule; Joshua Kimmich, Sebastian Rudy, Leon Goretzka, Jonas Hector; Lars Stindl, Julian Draxler; Timo Werner

Joachim Low celebrated his 101st win as Die Mannschaft manager against Mexico in the semifinal. His lads played with class, skill and speed. They also scored freely.

While two quick goals in the first half killed off the Mexicans; Chile is of sterner stuff.

La Roja hardly makes mistakes and they are quite conversant with games at this level playing their third consecutive finals.

The German team is youthful but fearless.  It will take something extra-ordinary to beat them.

Can Chile provide that? Claudio Bravo. Alexis Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas and Mauricio Isla have a big say in the answer.

Julian Draxler, Timo Werner, Leon Goretzka and Lars Stindl are mobile, lethal and fast. Tough customers for anyone!

It is certainly going to be a spectacle which hopefully wont choke up due to overwhelming desire not to make mistakes.


Germany is tipped to win this by 2 -1


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