Our prediction for this Nations League match:
All eyes will be on Borussia-Park when Germany and Italy, the two European giants, face each other in the Group 3 derby. The Germans have drawn each of their first three group games, but they are seen as favourites to beat the Azzurri in M’gladbach. Toni Kroos has been omitted, while all Gundogan, Muller, and Sane are pushing for a start. Italy, on the other hand, head into Tuesday’s showdown following a goalless draw with England.
The Azzurri, though, are still without Federico Chiesa, Lorenzo Insigne, and Ciro Immobile, which is probably the main reason why we are going to put our money on Hansi Flick’s charges. Giacomo Raspadori is pushing for a start for the visitors, as well as Alessandro Florenzi. Earlier in the process the two teams played out a 1-1 draw at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, but home win should be considered as Germany are desperate to record their first win of the process.
Highlighted Player (Thomas Muller):
Thomas Muller is pacey attacker who plays for Bayern Munich and German national team. Muller is a product of Bayern Munich’s youth academy and he played 35 games for the reserve team, scoring 16 goals in the process.
The German striker, who is capable of producing fine performances as a winger as well, won the Champions League trophy with Bayern Munich in 2013 as the mighty Bavarians defeated fellow Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in the final of the elite competition. Muller clinched the FIFA World Cup trophy with Germany in 2014, while making it to the European Championship final in 2012. It has to be noted that he won the FIFA World Cup Golden Boot in 2010.
Thomas Muller has a contract with Bayern Munich which expires on 30 June, 2021. The German footballer, who was born in Weilheim in Oberbayern on 13 September, 1989, won his fifth Bundesliga trophy with Bayern Munich in the 2015/2016 season.
Highlighted Team (Italy):
With four World Cup titles and one European Championship trophy, Italy remain one of world’s most successful teams and they have also finished as runners up at major tournaments on four occasions. The Azzurri have become famous for their result oriented football over the years which is perfectly suited for World Cup and Euro finals, so it is now a surprise when they fail to reach the final stages.
After winning the second and third edition of the World Cup, Italy endured a difficult period until lifting their first European Championship title in 1968, while they also managed to show some improvement at the turn of the century. While winning the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the Azzurri reached Euro finals in 2000 and 2012, and they are still regarded as one of the leading sides in Europe.
There have been too many high-profile players leaving their mark on the national team to count, but the likes of Paolo Maldini, Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro, Dino Zoff, Roberto Baggio, Luigi Riva and Alessandro Del Piero will go down as some of the most successful ones.