The final showdown of the Russia 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup will take place sunday evening as world Champion Germany take on South American champion Chile in St. Petersburg, Russia. It ruins the game. The stadium is home to four-time Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg. With so little separating the teams on paper, it's where their experience might make all the difference.
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"It will be a game with the same commitment, with the same willingness to win from both sides, I believe", said Santos. Teammate Leon Goretzka is the joint top scorer with three goals. But their flamboyance has also given way to vulnerability at the back as they have also been heavily prone to conceding goals, despite the heroics of Guillermo Ochoa between the sticks. The 21-year-old Werner plays with pace and is an excellent finisher with his right foot.
"Our way of playing is very aggressive". Not only does he coach the world champions, but he reached the Confederations Cup final without eight or nine bona fide regulars.
One down, one to go.
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They play on the front foot and usually by the third pass they are looking forward. We have matured over time, growing as a group. Kimmich allows Low to have positional flexibility in his lineups.
Chile: Is their attack off the boil? That 2015 win propelled several players to new heights, with Charles Aranguiz heading to Bayer Leverkusen, Eduardo Vargas earning a move to Hoffenheim and Alexis Sanchez stepping up a gear at Arsenal. A defeat on penalties to Brazil, again in the last 16, meant they bowed out much earlier than their performances had deserved, but Sampaoli's side recovered to win the country's first-ever Copa America on home soil. So perhaps it's more appropriate to think in terms of a side on the cusp of making history with its golden generation vs. a group who know the best is yet to come, and this could be the beginning of a cycle, rather than the latter stages of it.
The headliners from the last two weeks, in which Germany, unbeaten, have won three of their four matches, scoring 11 goals, with the headlines going to players such as Leon Goretzka, of Schalke. They keep or attempt to keep possession but they do not hug the ball as a defensive ploy. Germany's most-capped player is Julian Draxler, with 34. However, as the half wore on the Germans adjusted brilliantly to the game, carved out a glorious equaliser and settled for a comfortable draw in the end. Goretzka debuted as a 17-year-old with VfL Bochum in Bundesliga 2 and was signed after one season by Schalke.