Germany came to the Confederation Cup with a young squad that has only three players from its World Cup-winning team. Chile has won the last two Copa Americas and is seeking its first trophy in a major worldwide competition. Germany Manager Joachim Low has opted to go with a youth-dominated side in the tournament, giving Chile a golden chance for an upset over the world champs. We have to grow the team during a competition. Chile will most likely control possession.
Happy they didn't give any of our players a "6".
"Chile have fantastic individual players and are flexible tactically like few other teams, they can switch things around several times during a match".
Most national teams would kill to be in the position Germany now occupies, but it's a niche that only they themselves can fill.
Regardless of their inexperience - the entire Germany squad had just 149 caps between them - Marcelo Diaz said facing the world champions requires a certain mind set. All of their players can score, with the exception of one or two.
Low's men also got the upper hand in a friendly between the two teams in 2014, winning 1-0 thanks to a goal from Mario Gotze. "That's why people put Chile slightly ahead of us".
Arturo Vidal says Chile have everything in place to win trophies for the next 10 years - and the Bayern Munich star wants to be at the heart of it.
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"I always watch that game again when I can", Vidal said.
"We can not allow so many mistakes against Chile and we need to be more efficient up front", said Bayern Munich's Kimmich, Germany's first-choice right-back at 22.
"We can not just take the 20 players who won the World Cup in Brazil to the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation".
"I don't pay too much attention to these numbers", Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said. Both teams will be looking to take over the top spot in Group B with a result Thursday. "We all recognize that we are part of a group of national teams that have great players and have been competing very well".
"We will have to be at our top level, because if we lose we are done at this tournament". At just over 29-years-old on average, players such as Alexis Sanchez of English Premier League side Arsenal, Manchester City's goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and midfielder Arturo Vidal of Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich bring a wealth of experience in high-stakes matches into Thursday's showdown, with the victor - assuming there is one - virtually guaranteed a spot in the Confederations Cup semifinals.
Loew said that goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen will return to the starting lineup after Bernd Leno played against Australia.
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