Watching a match of the German National Team is a perfect thing to do on a Friday. I did miss the first several minutes of the game, though, because I thought it would start later than it actually did. I wonder if seeing that would have made me more nervous. Why? Simply because I was not very fond of Germany’s way of playing when I tuned in.
It seemed sloppy and somewhat chaotic to me. I felt like die Mannschaft allowed Turkey to create too many chances, and I also was not very impressed with what they were showing in the attack. However, after Mario’s goal it appeared to me that things were going to change. And they did. But then they scored the second one, and it seemed the team relaxed a bit. Not a very good thing to do. Nevertheless, I do think they were motivated, even knowing that they have already qualified. I am sure they were motivated. Perhaps, their eagerness translated into nervousness or into rushing things, and that is why I got the impression I got.
As to Lahm, I thought it was not his strongest match. In the first half, he was mainly in the defensive mode, which, in my opinion, was exactly the thing the team needed, but it appeared a bit shaky. I believe that he got more active in the second half. Not only did he become less frantic in the defense, but he also took part in the attack.
Demonstrated a week performance in the first half, but he also didn’t receive any help in the defense on his side from Lukas Podolski. In the second half, [his] performance was more confident. However, on his side he didn’t prevent the cross that resulted in a goal. Really solicited for a breather against Belgium. (my translation)
Westdeutsche Zeitung points out,
The captain unusually often allowed [Turkey] to create chances on his side. He didn’t have a real desire to showcase his talents in the offensive. (my translation)
With regard to Spiegel‘s assessment, I do agree with their opinion of Podolski. I felt like he did not help Lahm that much. But I disagree with their perception of Turkey’s goal. If one watches the replay, I believe it is evident that Lahm did everything to prevent that cross, but the problem was that nobody had marked the Turkish player on the other side. That is why the goal was conceded. In response to WZ‘s critique, I do agree with it, but there is one little thing that I am not so convinced of. In particular, I do not think Lahm did not have a desire to participate in the offense. I think it was more about him making sure that the defense worked well. The Turkish National Team was fast, putting plenty of pressure on Germany’s defense, so I do not think it would have been wise for him to get lost in helping the attack. But, overall, just like I have pointed out: not his best performance.
That being said, congrats to die Jungs! Way to go!
PS.: I liked how everyone came up to talk to Hamit (Altintop) afterwards.