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Estonia v Germany Euro 2020 Qualifiers: 4 Talking Points

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Published Oct 14, 2019
Oct 14, 2019 IST

#3 Germany's attempts to thread the needle

Brandt and Havertz tried on plenty of occasions to combine
Brandt and Havertz tried on plenty of occasions to combine

Germany had plenty of men in advanced positions as they strung together one attack after another to try and break down the Estonian defence. Niklas Sule and initially Emre Can were the only two who realistically remained behind to deal with any danger. Joshua Kimmich would lag behind once Can had been sent off and did really well to anticipate attacks and cut them out.

This network of forward players tried to weave a web of passes time and again, failing more often than not but consistently trying to play one-twos around the Estonian defence. While an admirable attempt, it was one that saw them struggle to create chances.

The intent was there from Germany to play some quick passes in the final third with plenty of runners but the execution was lacking because of a real lack of chemistry. It's something that the Germans have done in the past and are trying to recover again, although it's not quite the finished product yet.

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