Germany has a lot to prove against Spain in their second game as they try to avoid an early exit in the World Cup.
After a socking 2-1 loss against Japan in their opening game in group E, Germany can be on their way out of the tournament as they are placed last in the group, after Spain won 7-0 against Costa Rica in their opener and are placed first in the group.
Germany`s group-stage elimination in the last World Cup, was their earliest for 80 years.
“The past two tournaments were not [good],” said Hansi Flick.
“We want to avoid a repeat of this. The focus is on concentration. This is the first final for us at the World Cup and that’s what it’s about – to avoid a repeat of that.”
Spain`s massive win over Costa Rica have put them in a good possession to reach the knockout stage.
Despite that Germany only have won just one of their last seven matches against Spain, the Red Fury´s head coach, Luis Enrique, is expecting a tough game.
“Without a doubt, they are the team that is most similar to Spain in terms of dominating the play and controlling it,” said Enrique.
“That is a beautiful challenge for us. I think it will be an open game.”
Spain XI (4-3-3): Simón, Carvajal, Rodri, Laporte, Alba, Gavi, Busquets, Pedri, F Torres, Asensio, Olmo
Germany XI (4-3-3: Neuer, Süle, Kehrer, Rüdiger, Raum, Gündogan, Kimmich, Goretzka, Gnabry, Müller, Musiala