In among the largest battles of the tournament so far world champions Germany faces Italy in the quarterfinals of Euro 2016 night.
The Germans are starting to look more with each passing match, and the way of the 3-0 triumph over Slovakia indicates they’re coming to the boil at the perfect time.
We can’t call Italy’s ascension to the last eight of the contest a surprise given their large tournament pedigree, but the way they’ve disposed of all set in front of them – including the defeat of two highly fancied rivals in Belgium and Spain – indicates they cannot be dismissed. Germany must compete 3-5-2 configuration and the discipline that trainer Antonio Conte has instilled included.
Total equilibrium friendlies contained, with Germany: 11-4-5, 34/27.
Germany have the greatest amount of World Cup finals played (8), and the maximum amount of top 4 finishes in the World Cup (13).
Italy is one of the teams that are expected to provide the best challenge to its opponents in the tournament. It has a good team with a good coach that has performed well in the international friendly games they have taken part in. The presence of high-profile players is also an element that is likely to contribute to their results in the tournament.
Defending FIFA champ Germany was one of the countries that had to contend with the game that was well fought. It sent Germany to a tie in the C class. They lost 0-1 to a powerful Northern Ireland team led by Michael McGovern who had the best game of his life, who both scored and defended with unparalleled action.
Prediction: Germany advances!
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