Other than the strange defeat against Serbia, Germany have played exceptionally well and must now be counted among the favourites. The defeat of England was particularly pleasing and I really don’t feel that had England’s second ‘goal’ been given, it would have changed the end result.
What has impressed me most about this German team is the spirit they’ve shown, together with an ability to score goals. There is pace so they can counter-attack, but equally we have the technique and skill to retain possession. Ozil deserves special praise, as does Miroslav Klose. One is young and richly talented, the other older but a master at scoring goals. Confidence is growing and there is a strong belief among the players that they can win.
Italy, France and England all failed to find their best form. For France, I think, internal divisions destroyed the spirit of the team, while England and Italy failed to deal with the pressure of expectation.
Argentina, Germany’s next opponents, are interesting. Germany will be strong, organised and tactically disciplined, and they have the ability and confidence to defeat Argentina. This will be the first real test of Diego’s technical ability in this World Cup.