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Germany v France: Match preview
Two of the favourites for next summer’s World Cup go head to head on Tuesday in Cologne as Germany welcome France for their friendly clash.
Not since the semi-finals of Euro 2016 have these two sides met and since then Joachim Low’s Germany have been nigh-on perfect.
They cruised through their qualification group for Russia 2018 with ten wins from ten and are currently on a 20-match unbeaten run overall stretching back to that Euros defeat at the Stade Velodrome.
However, on Friday night they were held to a 0-0 draw by England while Les Bleus downed Wales 2-0 thanks to goals from Antoine Griezmann – Germany's conqueror at the Euros – and Olivier Giroud.
And Low – who is expected to make a number of changes for the clash at the RheinEnergieStadion – knows his side will need to step up a gear.
“There are certain players that I want to see tested against the best," he said.
“England and France are the measuring sticks for us. I want to see where certain players are. That was more important than the result.
“I think France are a little better than England. France have an extremely fast attack and midfield and are more dangerous in front of goal than England.”
Didier Deschamps is also expected to shuffle his deck for the clash but one man who should keep his place is Kylian Mbappe after the 18-year-old’s man-of-the-match outing against Wales last time out.
Les Bleus’ passage to Russia was not as secure as Germany’s – they lost to Sweden and were held to draws by both Luxembourg and Belarus before eventually topping a tight group.
But the wealth of attacking options available to Deschamps – Karim Benzema remains out in the cold – makes Tuesday’s clash a mouth-watering one.
The game will, of course, also be tinged with sadness, coming as it does almost two years to the day since their previous friendly encounter was overshadowed by the Paris terror attacks, when 130 people were killed and over 400 were injured.
Explosions outside the Stade de France were clearly audible as the two sides played to a conclusion, unaware of the increasingly horrific news filtering through from across the French capital.
A moving tribute was paid to the victims - and to war veterans of all stripes - at the stadium prior to the win over Wales.
Germany v France: Team news
France will be without the injured Giroud – who scored against Wales on Friday – meaning his Arsenal teammate Alexandre Lacazette could come into the starting XI.
Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, rested against Wales, could return at the heart of the defence for Laurent Koscielny.
And despite Paul Pogba’s continued absence both Kingsley Coman and Corentin Tolisso will be itching to prove themselves in midfield against a number of their Bayern teammates.
Low has already revealed that Kevin Trapp will be given a start in goal as Manuel Neuer remains out injured while Jerome Boateng is also on the sidelines.
Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos look set to come back into midfield after being rested for the draw at Wembley while at full back Marcel Halstenberg and Marvin Plattenhardt could lay down a marker ahead of World Cup squad selection.
And finally, keep an eye out for Germany’s World Cup hero from 2014, Mario Gotze – the Dortmund forward could make his first appearance in almost exactly a year for Die Mannschaft after a long battle for form and fitness.
Germany v France: Head to head
France are in the very rare position of being able to boast a superior head-to-head record over Germany down the years, having won 13 of their 28 meetings, losing ten and drawing the other five.
Germany have particularly struggled to get the better of Les Bleus in recent times - remarkably, they have lost seven of the last ten encounters.
However, they did knock them out in the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup en route to lifting the trophy.
Previous five meetings:
|07/07/16||Euro 2016||France 2-0 Germany (N)||Griezmann (2)|
|13/11/15||Friendly||France 2-0 Germany||Giroud, Gignac|
|04/07/14||World Cup 2014||France 0-1 Germany (N)||Hummels|
|06/02/13||Friendly||France 1-2 Germany||Valbuena; Muller, Khedira|
|29/02/12||Friendly||Germany 1-2 France||Cacau; Giroud, Malouda|
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