There's a great chance that today's game will be epic. Both teams are capable of attractive, flowing and mind-bending soccer. Only one team has shown that consistently this World Cup. Shockingly, it's been Germany.
The Germans come into today as, oddly enough, the populist favorite. Germany has never, ever, been a populist favorite. Behind the midfield creative force of Mesut Ozil and Bastian Schweinsteiger, the Germans can create with possession or create on the counter. Striker Miroslav Klose is two goals away from becoming the most successful international striker of all time. The manager, Joachim Loew, better wear his lucky blue sweater today.
Spain are so good that a player I rate as a Top 5 central midfielder, Cesc Fabregas, can't even get on the field for this team. (Probably because two fellow Spaniards, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, are above him on that list.) David Villa is a goal-scoring monster (and a legit threat to top whatever scoring record Klose sets this Cup). Fernando Torresshould
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be a transcendent striker, but something has been wrong with him this whole tournament. This is the best possession-based team in the world. If they get a lead, it's death by a thousand passes. Defender Carles Puyol has crazy hair.
The only player that will certainly miss the game is a biggie: Germany winger Thomas Mueller, who has had a revelatory tournament this far.Prediction:
Germany has what it takes to beat Spain. Spain should have enough to beat Germany. This will be epic. I'm going with the same scoreline from yesterday, 3-2 ... Germans.