Well, this is too bad. We can’t seem to overcome the “semi-finals” curse, yet nothing lasts forever. I am hoping for a much better display next time. Frankly, I believe we have done the best we could with what we had. At the same time, there are still things to work on, and there is no reason why we can’t lift the trophy in four years, or even get another world title in two years.
If I were to talk about negatives, the team wasn’t quiet team-y this time around, which is definitely not surprising, considering how many newbies are on it, and how many injuries there have been. Unlucky last touches, bad finishing, too. On the other hand, there was at least one positive aspect: Germany finally did beat Italy in a competitive match. That was a nerve-shaker! It reminded me of the final in 2014, and the stakes appeared to be almost as high as back then. And that great tackle by Höwedes!
Also, I won’t pretend I didn’t miss Lahm on the pitch. In my opinion, the team needed his intelligence, his skills. However, Joshua Kimmich definitely captured my attention with his performance, and I will be sure to keep an eye on him. Several days ago I came across an article that talked about the ways in which Joshua might step in to fill the gap Lahm has left.
Kimmich isn’t Lahm, and that’s important to remember.
While I agree that is, indeed, the case, I do like what he has to bring to the table. It sure is nice to have him, as far as I can see. Our path to winning the World Cup was not all roses and butterflies, yet we did it. Here’s to getting this trophy in 2020!