When Germany flew to Russia for the Confederations Cup they were insisting that this tournament would be nothing more than a chance for some players to show how ready they are to stand at high international level.
Now, they are one win away from lifting the trophy. The ‘experiment’ succeeded, Germany have left great impressions in this competition, but the title is so close that no one wants to miss out on the chance to touch it.
One man who will stand between Germany and the trophy is Claudio Bravo, Chile’s goalkeeper, the man who put his stamp on his team’s win over Portugal in the semifinal, stopping three penalties.
Claudio Bravo really helped. He seems to be a real penalty killer
Joachim Loew, Germany’s coach, told reporters ahead of the final, adding though
we also have excellent players from the spot. We will try to avoid that, but we are not afraid of a penalty shoot-out at all.
If Germany lift the trophy in Saint Petersburg, it will be the second in three days for the country’s football, since their U-21 team won the European Championship in Poland beating Spain in the final on June 30.