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richieJkulesaNY
Post #16
Thursday March 20, 2014 4:06pm

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Nobody is pressing the panic button yet, but Germany have some serious injury concerns as we approach the World Cup...

from Christian Nyari @Cnyari (great follow for Bundesliga news, btw):

"Schmelzer injured again, Howedes out for the foreseeable future, Gundogan & Khedira out long term, Bender cant stay fit."

Dont get me wrong, I know Germany is stacked. But the armor is starting to show some wear here...

stone88
Post #17
Thursday March 20, 2014 4:47pm

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Reus, Klose, Gomez, Podolski, Kruse, Gotze, Ozil, Kroos, Schweinsteiger, Schürrle, Müller, Sam, Draxler, Lahm, Hummels, Boateng, Mertesacker, Großkreutz

I wouldn't be too worried about one or two players if I were them. Just look at that list!

hamsamwich
Post #18
Thursday March 20, 2014 5:47pm

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As to some of the previous discussion on this thread regarding Germany's chances, nobody is talking about the elephant in the group... What happens after the first game when Portugal beat Germany??? Not necessarily likely, but not out of the realm of possibility. I mean Portugal is also pretty stacked regardless of what people say about Ronaldo being a one man team. A result in Portugal's favor in that game would really set off a race to 6 points in the group as the probable winner. Making of course the USA-Ghana game even more important.

admsghs27
Post #19
Thursday March 20, 2014 6:09pm

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Germany is stacked I doubt they are worried about a couple injuries. In the other hand we get some injuries and start panicking. Is a very hard group, I have Ghana beating either Germany or Portugal.

richieJkulesaNY
Post #20
Thursday March 20, 2014 9:46pm

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I'm not just speaking about group play here, but for their overall chances for the tournament. Gundogan and Khedira are big losses. Bender is one of their top backups. you don't have to tell me how stacked Germany is, but they're central midfield is taking a couple hits here. Then a couple yellow cards here, another injury there, we could see a less than full strength Germany team in that third game. Just something to keep an eye on.

unitedfc6
Post #21
Friday March 21, 2014 3:13am

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Philip Lahm has played center mid in 2 of Germany's last 3 friendly matches and has played their most of the season . Toni Kroos is another option as he has played that spot on occasion for Germany and Bayern over the past couple of years and was arguably the best player on the pitch in the first leg against arsenal when playing that spot. There is also the bender twin at Leverkusen who in my opinion is better than the one at Dortmund.

admsghs27
Post #22
Friday March 21, 2014 3:37am

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Im sure most will be 100% by the time the WC comes. Except for kedhira

tjknowsall
Post #23
Friday March 21, 2014 4:06am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 287
but dont worry guys Evans and Beckerman will be 100$ healthy for the World Cup so we are all set!!!!!!

chris_thebassplayer
San Jose
Post #24
Friday March 21, 2014 5:03am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 292
Germany will be Germany.

As I type this they probably have a 100 people crunching metrics on all injury/player contingencies. Needless to say, they're pretty good at the preparation thing.

My blood runs cold with the mere mention of Portugal beating Germany. That would completely screw everything up. We need Germany to drill Portugal and Ghana so they don't need points when they play us.

admsghs27
Post #25
Friday March 21, 2014 6:21am

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Original post from chris_thebassplayer

Germany will be Germany.

As I type this they probably have a 100 people crunching metrics on all injury/player contingencies. Needless to say, they're pretty good at the preparation thing.

My blood runs cold with the mere mention of Portugal beating Germany. That would completely screw everything up. We need Germany to drill Portugal and Ghana so they don't need points when they play us.


Ok and what if they drill us to ? A team can never rely on other teams. We have to get the job done asap. Try to be qualified by the time we play Germany.

chris_thebassplayer
San Jose
Post #26
Saturday March 22, 2014 3:55am

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Total Posts: 292
I don't think they would go out of their way to drill us, if they were already at 6 points and moving on. The big teams don't do anything they don't need to do early in the tourney, why take the risk. Exert the minimum effort possible to achieve the desired result and move on. The Italians take it to ridiculous levels.... gives me a heart attack.

This is what I think we might see...ever the optimist.

Ghana - gut wrenching nail biting tie
US over Portugal by a goal
Germany - snoozy tie

I think the first game will be much much tougher than we think...and I'm hoping for some late game magic against Portugal...two punch drunk fighters in the withering heat. We need to have at least one win before we play Germany.

Dimo
Post #27
Friday April 4, 2014 2:13am

Joined Nov 2013
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Curious to see what you all think even though its highly improbable. What are the chances of the US advancing out of the group if Ronaldo is injured?

skangles
DC
Post #28
Friday April 4, 2014 3:27am

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Original post from Dimo

Curious to see what you all think even though its highly improbable. What are the chances of the US advancing out of the group if Ronaldo is injured?


I would rather be in the underdog role. Sure Ronaldo can single handedly destroy us but I would rather have our backs against the wall then go in as the second team to beat. Portugal is still dangerous without Ronaldo but if he was out I think a lot of pundits would predict us going through which is not a situation I prefer.

dunlopp9987
Post #29
Friday April 4, 2014 4:13am

Joined Mar 2013
Total Posts: 1,201
Original post from skangles

I would rather be in the underdog role. Sure Ronaldo can single handedly destroy us but I would rather have our backs against the wall then go in as the second team to beat. Portugal is still dangerous without Ronaldo but if he was out I think a lot of pundits would predict us going through which is not a situation I prefer.


I don't agree with that last part. Unless the pundits are 7 year olds who have never watched a game of soccer in their lives. Anyone who follows the sport actively would, and should, pick Portugal over the US even if CR7 is out. They are simply a better team.

But that's why you play the game. They might be better on paper, but anything can happen out on the pitch.
COYB!!
Chrisou101
Post #30
Friday April 4, 2014 4:31am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 560
Original post from dunlopp9987

I don't agree with that last part. Unless the pundits are 7 year olds who have never watched a game of soccer in their lives. Anyone who follows the sport actively would, and should, pick Portugal over the US even if CR7 is out. They are simply a better team.

But that's why you play the game. They might be better on paper, but anything can happen out on the pitch.
Exactly, on paper we'll finish last place. But on the field, like you said. Any thing can happen.

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