Germany will be looking for revenge when they host Japan in a friendly at Wolfsburg’s Volkswagen Arena on Saturday night.
The high-flying Japanese team hit the road to take on Germany. The Asian giants have been on fire in the recent past and will be looking to dethrone the European giants once again after doing so in the group stage of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Meanwhile, the home team will be looking to get back to winning ways. manners and get revenge for that World Cup defeat.
Germany are the hosts of UEFA Euro 2024 so they don’t have to participate in the qualification process and they haven’t played an official match since the World Cup which didn’t go according to plan for them. They were eliminated from the group stage for the second time in a row.
While Hansi Flick’s men have not taken part in official matches, they have played a few friendlies recently. However, these results were not satisfactory enough. Germany have lost three of their last four friendlies. And they will certainly be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on Japan.
Meanwhile, the visitors have shown some interesting football in the recent past. They did a great job at the World Cup and have gone from strength to strength over the past few years. The Asian team came through Germany at the global event and will be looking for something similar.
Japan have found the back of the net 10 times in their last two games. They have lost only once in their last four matches. The visitors have been on fire of late and head into this encounter after a 4-1 win over Peru in June.
While Germany have a much stronger squad on paper, Japan have already proven they can get one better over the European giants. As a result, it will be a very hard-fought encounter and The Hard Tackle takes a closer look to predict the tactics they might employ.
Probable Lineup (3-4-2-1):
ter Stegen; Rudiger, Sule, Thiaw; Kimmich, Can, Gundogan, Gosens; Muller, Wirtz; Gnabry
Probable Lineup (4-4-2):
Nakamura; Sugawara, Itakura, Taniguchi, Tomiyasu; Ito, Endo, Kubo, Mitoma; Kamada, Furuhashi