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World champions Germany flawless in Euro 2016

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, European Championships 27 Jun 2016

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Germany boss Joachim Low will be confident that his side can go all the way at Euro 2016

Germany boss Joachim Low will be confident that his side can go all the way at Euro 2016

Germany enjoyed a comfortable victory over Slovakia in the last-16 of their European Championships, winning 3-0 at the Grand Stade Lille Métropole to book their place in the quarter-finals, and the World champions are currently breezing through the tournament without breaking into a sweat.

The most convincing side in the knockouts?

Germany initially booked their place in the knockouts after finishing top of Group C with seven points from their three games, while having failed to concede a single goal for their troubles. The Eagles enjoyed wins over Northern Ireland and the Ukraine, while playing out a stalemate to runners-up Poland.

Their squad is among the strongest in the European Championships, and they have the same manager who led them to a World Cup triumph in 2014. Everything is in place for Germany to go all the way in the Euros, and they’re currently delivering as such on the pitch.

Germany close to firing on all cyclinders

Now four games into the tournament, still no opposing side has managed a goal against Germany, and it’s hard to look past them to win the European Championships as a result. The side is much more settled than their competition, even if at times they have their shaky moments, and the overall squad is so strong they have many options from the bench to turn games around.

Not every player in the starting eleven is currently firing, mainly Thomas Muller, but when the Bayern man does start hitting the back of the net, Germany could run away with the Euros. They will be hoping for more from Mesut Ozil in the final third, as his assist tally is low by his standards. However, now the goals are flowing, Germany could really hit their stride at the perfect time.

Only Spain boast as strong a squad?

Germany have an incredible starting eleven. The majority of their side are of world-class ability. Manuel Neuer in goal, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels in defence, Toni Kross, Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil in the midfield, while Thomas Muller plays in attack. Germany have a good supporting cast, and the quality is sufficient enough for them to go all the way as things stand.

Loew finally has his strongest side in mind for the remainder in the tournament, and only Spain perhaps boast strong personnel with David Dea, Juanfran, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, Nolito, David Silva and Alvaro Morata making up their XI. Germany are 15/4 to win Euro 2016 this summer given how impressive their start has been. Can they deliver this summer?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Crippy Cooke


Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.

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