When the information was coming through yesterday afternoon that Joachim Löw is set to make three changes upfront in his attack against Greece in the Euro 2012 quarterfinal, it took many by surprise but I said to colleagues and friends, this is what Löw needs to do to break down the Greek defence. And in the end, it paid off.Germany coach Joachim Löw surprised many with the four changes to his starting eleven. Jerome Boateng, as expected, returned into his right-back position for Lars Bender, but Löw changed three of his four attacking players with only Mesut Özil retaining his place. Marco Reus started for Thomas Müller on the right, André Schürrle started for Lukas Podolski on the left and Miroslav Klose upfront for Mario Gomez. The gamble would pay-off and these players would create a lot of problems for the Greek defence.
Post-match Joachim Löw said, “I had a feeling after three wins that we had to make some changes to breathe some fresh life into the team. The time was ripe to do something different.”
It showed that Löw has trust on his bench players to deliver when called into action. And the depth in talent that Germany currently has, many around the world will have seen little of André Schürrle and Marco Reus except if they follow the German Bundesliga closely.
If a young talent to impress at Euro2012 from Germany was named before the tournament, then it always was about Borussia Dortmund teenager Mario Götze. But Germany these days has numerous youngsters in the team who can deliver when needed. Not only the first eleven are strong, but in theory all 23 players can spring into action when needed.
Especially, Marco Reus showed last night what a talent he is as Reus has done all season at Borussia Mönchengladbach, which has earned him a dream transfer to his home town club Borussia Dortmund for over 17 Million Euros.
One can only hope that more will be seen from the highly talented German team at Euro2012.
Published with permission from Arunava about Football.