France vs Germany Preview: Probable Lineups, Prediction, Tactics, Team News & Key Stats
Germany take on France in UEFA EURO 2020 Group F in Munich on Tuesday 15 June at 21:00 CET
The first blockbuster game of the UEFA Euro 2020 will come our way this Tuesday as France lock horns with Germany at the Allianz Arena in a Group F clash.
France and Germany are more used to meeting at the other end of tournaments, and maybe they still will, but for the first time they face off in a group game. Les Bleus are tipped by many to add the European title to their global crown, while their predecessors as world champions – here, in the last tournament of Joachim Löw’s long reign – have had mixed results in recent months but then Germany have often thrived most when underestimated.
The games continue to come thick and fast in the UEFA Euro 2020, with the final set of round one fixtures set to be played out this Tuesday. Things will kick off in Group F, the group of death, with Portugal taking on Hungary before the focus shifts to the Allianz Stadium where World Champions France square off against faltering giants Germany in a monumental clash.
France have enjoyed a lot of success under the tutelage of Didier Deschamps. From making it to the finals of the Euro 2016 to lifting the World Cup the last half-a-decade has been memorable for Les Bleus. They enjoyed a straightforward run through the qualifiers, topping Group H with eight wins in ten (D1 L1) before cruising through to the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League finals after a solid run of results last year.
Since the turn of the year, the World Champions haven’t lost any of their five games, winning each of the last four, including the two pre-Euro friendlies against Wales and Bulgaria earlier this month, putting them in a good shape. However, like in the yesteryears, there has once again been dressing room unrest within the French camp ahead of the tournament which must be put aside if they are to lift the continental crown.
As for Germany, following the humiliation at the World Cup in 2018, they faced the prospect of relegation from League A of the UEFA Nations League, only to be saved by the change in rules. In the aftermath of that, it seemed like Die Mannschaft had turned over a new leaf as they won seven of their eight games in the Euro Qualifiers to top Group C ahead of Netherlands.
However, Joachim Low’s side went through another underwhelming run in the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League last year, failing to win four of their six fixtures (D3 L1). Things started well this year with two wins in two in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers before a shock 2-1 defeat to North Macedonia in March, followed by a 1-1 draw against Denmark in a friendly earlier this month. However, they did thrash Latvia 7-1 in their latest encounter.
The last time France and Germany clashed was in 2018, with Les Bleus picking up a 2-1 win over Jogi Low’s men. Ahead of this blockbuster clash headed our way from the Allianz Arena, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at both teams.
Team News & Tactics
David Crossan, France reporter: With Benzema and Griezmann having shaken off minor problems, Deschamps can unleash his fearsome front three on Germany. It’s a team to excite fans of the world champions and unlike at the FIFA World Cup in Russia three years ago, I don’t expect the coach to have to revise his plans after the opening game. Les Bleus are well prepared for the challenge of starting with an ‘away’ match and should be confident of getting a result.
France: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernández; Pogba, Kanté, Rabiot; Griezmann, Benzema, Mbappé
Philip Röber, Germany reporter: What a treat we are in for as a conclusion to Matchday 1! The last two friendlies did not give too much of an indication of how high Germany’s performance level really is, but the vibes coming out of the camp suggest they don’t think twice about the fact many see them as underdogs for these finals. The only significant absence may be Leon Goretzka in central midfield; up front it looks like Timo Werner is not first choice at the moment.
Germany: Neuer; Ginter, Hummels, Rüdiger; Kimmich, Gündoğan, Kroos, Gosens; Havertz, Müller, Gnabry
- This will be the sixth meeting between France and Germany at a major tournament, but their first in the group stages. So far, their head-to-head record is perfectly balanced with two wins each and a draw.
- France are unbeaten in their past five games against Germany on German soil (W3 D2). Their only previous meeting in Munich ended goalless (Allianz Arena, September 2018).
- This will be Joachim Low’s 18th game as manager in the European Championship, a record. Low has led Germany to the semi-finals in five of his six previous tournaments, the only exception coming at World Cup 2018 (group stages elimination).
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France 2-1 Germany
France have been in top form heading into the tournament and have rightly been billed as one of the favourites, considering that they have lost just once in their last 20 clashes. Despite the brewing disharmony in the dressing room, this unit has time and again shown that it has the quality and the depth in options to beat the best of teams.
As for Germany, they are far from the force they once used to be. And even though they are coming into the game on the back of a morale-boosting 7-1 win, there remain some deficiencies within the ranks that France are capable of exploiting. Even though Die Mannschaft will be playing in front of over 10,000 supporters at the Allianz Arena, it is the World Champions that are likely to come out on top on Tuesday night.