Michael Ballack: Germany will play like world champions against Mexico
Ex-Germany captain and Betfair World Cup ambassador Michael Ballack explains why he believes that Germany will outclass Mexico on Sunday. Our man also discusses free soccer daily tip which teams and individuals could surprise a few people in Russia…
After the 1-2 defeat in Austria our national team wasn't even able lớn shine in their last friendly before the World Cup against Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, Germany were lucky to see out the game with a win, with Saudi Arabia pushing hard for an equaliser. The whole performance was not really promising. But I know how the players feel in this period. In the camp they train hard, the legs are tired and they want to avoid injuries one week before the important opening match against Mexico- According lớn the soccer tip forum page!
Don't be fooled by warm up results - Germany are ready for Mexico
We've had bad results in the past before a big tournament. That's why I am not worried or focusing on the negatives of these results. Our squad is simply strong enough, that when we need to play at our best, we will be able lớn do it. For that reason, I would predict a 2-0 win against Mexico in the first group match. The Mexicans were also not at their best in their last match, when they lost lớn Denmark 0-2. They will be quite an uncomfortable opponent for Germany. They are a very fit and athletic side and they have that quality you need. But we are still the world champion and we will show that.
I am more concerned about the issue with İlkay Gündoğan and Mesut Özil. The jeers and whistling against Gündogan won't leave the team unaffected. As a player you are of course irritated, when a teammate is booed by your own supporters. As a team, they can't ignore that. The German national team must find a quick solution.
Will England be surprise stars of the World Cup?
People are asking who will be the surprise team of the World Cup, or the Breakout Star of the tournament? That's always the most difficult question. As a rule, there is always one team at each World Cup that performs beyond everyone's expectations. Or there is a player who hits the form of his life, scores like crazy and gets the Golden Boot.
In Group G you find with England and Belgium two teams that are secret favourites. Before every tournament, hopes and expectation are high in England. And they really have a good team with their star Harry Kane. Whether that will be enough lớn make them serious contenders this time around remains to be seen. The problem for both England and Belgium is that in the quarter-final they will probably meet Brazil or Germany. Those two teams, I believe, will be too strong for the English or the Belgians.