The big keeper made his return from an injury just in time for the start of the German World Cup campaign. This World Cup has seen him play as a bit of a keeper-sweeper, and it isn’t an uncommon sight to see him dashing out of his penalty area to get to the ball ahead of the opposition player. Such efforts are going to be crucial against a lethal French forward line.
The right back that may be headed to Arsenal to replace Sagna is currently ahead of him in the national set up. Debuchy has been very effective going forward and supporting the plethora of attacking talent that the French have on display. If France are going to target the German full backs, he will play an important role.
The French have been quite solid at the back, with the exception of a few crazy minutes against the Swiss. One could look at Varane and give him a lot of credit for this performance. Aside from the defensive side of his game, his ball playing ability has also been prominent, with an excellent pass to set up one of the goals against the Swiss being one of the highlights of the tournament.
Another key performer at the heart of the German defence, Hummels is the player that Germany will look to for defensive solidity and ball playing ability. He has missed a game through injury, but should be fit to feature in the mammoth quarter final clash against France. Benzema and co. will be hoping he has an off night.
The leader of the rebellion 4 years ago, Evra has bounced back and is proving to be one of the most reliable players in the current French set up. The left back is having a renaissance of sorts in his career, with these performances inspiring hope among United fans for genuine competition at left back. Again, France will need to exploit the German full backs, and Evra will be important to ensure this.
Reports of him moving to Real Madrid have emerged, but he will have to put this to the back of his mind as he takes on responsibility for the German midfield against powerful French opposition. Kroos has been a consistent performer in the German line up, and will look to step it up in the quarter final.
The big French midfielder started off the World Cup on a negative note, escaping a sending off after some indiscipline. He found himself on the bench at the start of the next game, but has responded well to that treatment, with some impressive performances since then. He will be the key man in the mouth watering clash of the German and French midfielders.
Yet another big name in the clash of the two best midfield line ups, Matuidi has had a good tournament, scoring a goal in the rout of Switzerland. Matuidi will look to put his energetic running, and solid technique to the use against Germany, as this French side look to make it to the semis, and beyond.
Prior to the second leg clash against Ukraine last year, Benzema faced a lot of doubts about his quality, especially on the international stage. That feels so strange now, as the Real Madrid striker has led the line for his country superbly. He has had a super tournament, playing through the middle, or the left, as he was deployed against Switzerland.
Muller is a striker who has the tendency of being in the right place at the right time, but saying just that would be doing all his abilities tremendous injustice. Muller has already scored 4 times in this tournament, playing in a sort of False 9 role. His play aside from the goal scoring has also been positive, with an excellent assist for Gotze serving as the best example.
One of the most talented players in a very talented French side, Valbuena has been an important creative outlet for his side. His passing, vision, and movement have been vital to a lot of the bewitching attacking moves that his team has put together. If Germany can keep him quiet, they will go a long way in ensuring a place in the next round.
What do you think about our Combined XI? Let us know your picks by leaving a comment below.
100 to Watch
2017-18 Young Players’ Team of the Week #5: Dani Ceballos and Leroy Sane feature
A regular feature on our website is the Talent Radar Young Players Team of the Week with the best young...
2017-18 Performance Rankings: Top 10 Young Defenders – Edition 1
Football News 24/7 Our Talent Radar Rankings, along-with our Talent Radar Team of the Week documents the progress of youngsters across Europe,...
Tactical Analysis: Juventus 4-0 Torino | Home side too strong to play against
Ryan Tank writes a detailed tactical analysis about the Serie A match that ended Juventus 4-0 Torino. Torino suffered from...
Scout Report: Axel Tuanzebe | Manchester United’s defensive starlet
Ravi Inder Gill takes a look at Axel Tuanzebe, Man Utd’s young defender waiting in the shadows. In today’s game,...
Interview: Brandon Fernandes on experiencing football outside India, a longer ISL, and FC Goa’s upcoming campaign
Outside of the Boot gets the chance to sit down with FC Goa’s talented midfielder, Brandon Fernandes There’s been a lot...
Scout Report: Ousmane Dembélé | Barcelona’s Versatile Winger
Miles Olusina breaks down the abilities of the canny Barcelona and France winger Ousmane Dembélé as he embarks on his...
Scout Report: Steven Bergwijn | PSV Eindhoven’s rising star
Wang Yulin takes a look at PSV’s exciting Dutch attacker Steven Bergwijn When you think of the team ‘PSV Eindhoven’,...
Hanoi FC: The Vietnamese Champions struggling to connect with the locals
Trong Nhan Doan looks at the peculiar case of Hanoi FC Most of the time, the most successful team is...
Expected Goals: A Pioneering Method of Analysing Football
The Football Code has a look at expected goals, a new metric set to revolutionize statistics-based analysis of football Football...
Tactical Analysis: Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Atletico Madrid | Clash of two organised sides
Ryan Tank analyses the mid-week La Liga clash that ended Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Atletico Madrid The clash of two organized...
Tactical Analysis: Schalke 0-3 Bayern Munich | Ancelotti’s men secure hard fought win
Ryan Tank analyses the mid-week Bundesliga match that ended Schalke 0-3 Bayern Munich. Schalke: Fahrmann, Kehrer, Naldo, Nastasic, Caliguri, McKennie...
2017-18 Performance Rankings: Top 5 Young Keepers – Edition 1
Our Talent Radar Rankings, along-with our Talent Radar Team of the Week documents the progress of youngsters across Europe, with those featuring in...
Déjà vu on Tyneside: Why Newcastle are being left short-changed by familiar failings
Jeffrey Gamby-Boulger looks critically at Newcastle’s repeated failings in recent years and why Mike Ashley is the root of those problems. ‘It’s the same...
Hipster Guide 2017-18: UEFA Europa League | Part Two
Oliver McManus takes us on a journey through some of the more obscure parts of Europe as he tells us...
Tactical Philosophy: Leonardo Jardim
While this website has made its name focusing on the lesser known youth of this beautiful sport, and combined it...
Talent Radar 2017-18 Young Players’ Team of the Week #4: Pietro Pellegri and Joshua Kimmich feature
A regular feature on our website is the Talent Radar Team of the Week with the best young players compiled...
Tactical Analysis: Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Swansea City | Tottenham’s half space focus against Swansea’s compact block
Ryan Tank provides a tactical analysis of the Premier League game that finished Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Swansea City Tottenham attacked...
Scout Report: Maxwel Cornet | Lyon’s latest starlet
Josh Sippie breaks down Maxwel Cornet, Lyon’s dynamic attacker. Olympique Lyon just have a knack for plucking supremely talented youth...
Scout Report: Marcos Llorente | Real Madrid’s young midfielder
Karan Tejwani provides the lowdown on Real Madrid’s talented midfielder, Marcos Llorente. Real Madrid have made smart purchases from Spanish...
Scout Report: Eddie Nketiah | Arsenal’s academy talent
Josh Sippie takes a look at highly-rated Arsenal academy striker Eddie Nketiah. Arsenal’s youth ranks are always going to be...
Talent Radar Award History
Subscribe via Email
Young Player Rankings 17-18
More on Outside of the Boot
Specials3 weeks ago
Analysis: Mourinho’s Manchester United defence and the 4-4-2
Talent Radar1 month ago
La Liga’s 10 Young Breakthrough Players to Watch in 2017-18
Opinions1 month ago
FC Barcelona and their Transfer Recruitment Circus
100 to Watch in 20179 months ago
100 Best Young Players to Watch in 2017 | Part 5 | Midfielders
Tactical Analysis3 weeks ago
Tactical Analysis: Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal | Klopp Exposes Wenger’s Stubbornness
Talent Radar1 month ago
Serie A’s 10 Young Breakthrough Players to Watch in 2017-18
Talent Radar1 month ago
Bundesliga’s 10 Young Breakthrough Players to Watch in 2017-18
Tactical Analysis1 month ago
Tactical Analysis: Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona | Real’s Pressing Excellence