After what has been an odd round of fixtures in Group G, on top of an odd World Cup, there is speculation that Germany and the USA will settle for a draw in their game on Thursday since both teams are managed by German coaches and the result would see both through. But Germany assistant coach, Hansi Flick has responded by saying this is not the case and that the team will look to win the final game.
Play to win
Following a poor performance against Ghana where it finished 2-2 and Germany had to come from a goal down to draw the game, Flick is adamant that they will want to make up for their lacklustre display by sealing the top spot in Porto Alegre.
"The play-offs have effectively begun for us," said Germany assistant coach Hansi Flick. "We want to beat the USA to finish the group stages top and play in Porto Alegre.
"We looked at the 90 minutes against Ghana to see what we liked and the things we need to improve.
"We want the team to react in a more clever fashion and cut out the space behind when the opposition counter-attack us. We have a few things to iron out and we have enough quality to create chances, but we have to close down the space behind."
Portugal have work to do
As it stands, Germany are top of the group with four points along with the USA but are ahead on goal difference after their thumping 4-0 victory against Portugal in the fist match. Ghana and Portugal are level are one point each yet the Africa side have a goal difference of -1 where as Ronaldo and co remain on -4.
Either of these sides will require victory, a winner in the other game and a swing in goal difference to qualify for the next round. As long-winded as it sounds, nothing can be ruled out of this World Cup after the reigning Champions, Spain went crashing out first.
Jurgen Klinsmann is coaching the USA and despite a killer goal from Varela in the last minute stole victory away from his side in their game against Portugal Monday night, he insists his team will play to win.
“We have that fighting spirit, and we give everything in every game,” Klinsmann replied. “We will go to Recife and we will give everything to beat Germany. That is our goal.”
Rumours over the outcome of that decisive game were formulated half way through the USA - Portugal match when Jermaine Jones levelled the score to 1-1 for the USA. Gary Lineker for one, took to Twitter and posted this: 'If this finishes 1-1 a draw between USA and Germany takes both sides through. Echoes of Germany v Austria in1982? 2 German managers???'
When the game finished 2-2, the questions continued as people looked back on 'Nichtangriffspakt von Gijón.' Or in other words, the ‘Non-aggression pact of Gijón.' In this instance, between Germany and Austria, both teams knew that a one or two goal victory for Germany would secure both teams place in the next round and after the first goal was established ten minutes in, little effort was shown after.
However, that was a different time and different teams. German tennis legend, Boris Becker, quickly replied to Gary Lineker's tweet with this statement.
'Must say as well, don't understand what #LINEKER is trying to do,,,but #Germany plays to win!!!'
Favourable draw for the Germans?
Of course a draw for Germany would keep them top of the group and therefore they would get the favourable draw into the next round but it wouldn't favour their form. It is believed that those who succeed in cup competitions are those who get stronger as the tournament goes on.
That's what many are believing Brazil will do and that is certainly what Germany will look to do also. On top of this, if Germany were to go out then Klose may miss his opportunity to break Ronaldo's goalscoring record after equalling the total of 15 in the last game against Ghana. Coincidentally, the Brazilian striker broke the initial record scoring against Ghana, in Germany. How bizarre.