France vs Germany : World champions France are up first for Germany in the inaugural Nations League clash. It has been less than a year since the sides played out a 2-2 draw in Cologne, with Alexandre Lacazette twice putting Les Bleus in the lead only for their hosts to twice hit back in an exciting friendly.
UEFA Nations League 2018
France vs Germany Live
Date : September 16
Start Time : 2:45 PM ET
France vs Germany Live
Since then, the fortunes of the sides have differed dramatically, with France going on to win in Russia thanks to their pragmatic play, while Germany stunningly crashed out in the group stage.
France are back in action for the first time since their World Cup triumph in Russia as Les Bleus head to Germany for their inaugural Uefa Nations League match.
Didier Deschamps guided France to victory in this summer’s World Cup in Russia, beating Croatia 4-2 in the final to win the most prestigious prize in world football.
As for Germany, Joachim Low’s 2014 champions must begin the task of rebuilding their reputation after crashing out in the group stages.
It’s a rare thing in football that a coach can admit he got his approach to a major tournament complete and utterly wrong, and yet can not only survive but look forward to seeing out a new long-term deal.
It’s rare that a football association can make a series of misjudgements about matters on and off the pitch, some of which exacerbated a situation that saw one of that nation’s most talented players walk away from international football, and yet no-one loses their position.
And yet here Germany are, building for Euro 2020 with coach Joachim Löw still at the helm (he admitted he thought he could cruise through the World Cup group stage, and only make tactical tweaks in the knockout phase), and with the DFB structure that supports him still intact after the inept handling of Mesut Ozil. This isn’t the forum for that debate, but the effect of the Arsenal midfielder’s self-imposed international exile will be felt for some time.
After a disastrous World Cup, Löw has to find a new way forward. The hubris and complacency that cost Die Mannschaft dearly in Russia has to be cast aside, and an incredibly talented group of players must now find a way to perform.
As European football expert Andy Brassell points out in this piece for Betting.Betfair, the Bayern contingent have made an incredibly strong start to the domestic season, with Thomas Muller particularly impressive in the Bundesliga.