◼️ Both teams face this Tuesday in Berlin in a friendly match. But for the South Americans this duel has a tinge of revenge.
Yes, it’s a friendly, it’s not the same as playing in a World Cup. But at least it can become something, a victory expected for three years, eight months and 19 days, a time in which 7-1 has been present in the collective memory of Brazilians every time there is talk of Germany. Since that semifinal have not seen the faces and this Tuesday will be the opportunity to take, even a little, the thorn that is stuck deep inside the heart of the five-time team.
“I know that Brazilians think about that game every day, but we don’t. It’s already a thing of the past and now we are focused on what is coming: Russia 2018”, said Joachim Low, the coach of the Germans, the man of coldness, of the brief but direct words.
On the other hand, for Tité, this meeting is important for its directors, not for being a rematch of one of the toughest blows for Brazilian football, but for being the opportunity to measure up with the current world champions and know at what level is your team.
“We are in a stage of reconstruction and, emotionally, this game counts a lot. That 7-1 is like a ghost and you have to start to chase it away before the World Cup in Russia begins”, said the Brazilian coach, who has only four players who were present in that hecatomb four years ago (Fernandinho, Marcelo, Paulinho and William).
Beyond the symbolism that the encounter has for the fans, both sides know that it is a game of analysis, of looking at options, of engaging schemes and players. Know if you are on the right path. And what better way to find out that than defeating the Germans, the cause of a pain that can still be felt in the Brazilian streets, at home, in restaurants, everywhere, because society does not forget, nor does it forgive second of bad football.
Brazil: Alisson; Dani Alves, Miranda, Thiago Silva, Marcelo; Paulinho, Casemiro, Fernandinho; Willian, Coutinho; and Gabriel Jesus.
Germany: Leno; Rüdiger, Boateng, Ginter; Kimmich, Gündogan, Goretzka, Plattenhardt; Stindl, Sané; and Werner.