If there ever was a case of little versus large, this really is it. While Greece may have won the European Championships back in 2004, the fact is that most people are in absolute shock that the Greeks have progressed past the group stage this time aruond. The same certainly cannot be said about Germany though, with the Germans impressing immensely after winning all three of their group fixtures.
With Germany regarded as one of the favorites for the tournament, most people are not surprised in the slightest to see Joachim Loew’s side appear in the quarter finals. However, there have been a few raised eyebrows at just how easily the Germans have managed to qualify, with Loew’s side collecting maximum points from the group of death which contained Portugal, Denmark and the Netherlands. Incredibly, that means that the Germans have successfully qualified from the group stages of every European Championship they have participated in. The positives don’t stop there either, with Germany currently on a run that has seen them win their last fourteen competitive outings. Moreover, many pundits are tipping Loew’s side to triumph at the tournament this term, with the Germans’ young squad seen as the most promising in the tournament.
Greece meanwhile were everyone’s favorites to go home early. The Greeks may have tasted success eight years ago in the tournament, but there is no getting away from the fact that Fernando Santos has a significantly weaker squad than many of his rivals. Still, having pulled off an unlikely victory over Russia in their final group game, the Greeks now find themselves in the quarter finals. Unlike their opponents, Santos’ side have a lot of statistics against them, with the first being the number of goals they have scored. On paper, the Greeks seemingly have limited attacking talent, and this is evident through recent fixtures with the nation failing to score more than one goal in any of their last eight games.
As for team news, Greece have been dealt a blow for the fixture with Giorgios Karagounis set to miss out through suspension after he picked up his second yellow card of the tournament. However, Fernando Santos has readymade replacements in his arsenal, with Grigoris Makos and Giorgos Fotakis both challenging to take the vacant central defensive position. Germany on the other hand have absolutely no fresh concerns, although Joachim Loew must decide whether or not to include Jerome Boateng after the former Manchester City defender missed the last outing through a ban.
Even though Greece seem to be a troublesome nation for a lot of opponents, we don’t think the Germans will have any such problems. Joachim Loew’s side have shown throughout the tournament that they are an incredibly strong outfit, and we fully expect that to continue in this clash – 2-0 Germany.