As the footballing world watched on in shock as the Germans humiliated the Brazilians last night, it was obvious something serious was missing from the home nation's team.
Inevitably, many people will point the finger of blame at Neymar's absence. However, had Neymar been playing, no doubt would Brazil have adopted the same style of football that has earned them their fare share of critics over the course of the tournament; get the ball to Neymar and hope for the best. England did it with Rooney, Portugal did it with Ronaldo.
Argentina should beat the Netherlands
And no doubt Argentina, who should scrape past Van Gaal's Netherlands tonight, will employ the same tactics with a certain Lionel Messi on Sunday evening. That tactic appears to have worked for them thus far; they are in the semi-finals of the World Cup in their fiercest rival's own backyard courtesy of the Little Magician scoring four of the eight goals that have put them there.
However, on Sunday they will struggle immensely trying to get the ball past the organised Germans. One of the main reasons for this is that the Germans have a whole team, not just a single superstar. Thomas Muller is probably their standout performer of the tournament thus far, but every ball is not aimed at him.
Germany are a proper team
Watching the Brazil game last night, it didn't matter whether the ball fell to Ozil, Muller, Kroos or Klose. Hell, Kheidira even grabbed himself a goal and Schurrle came off the bench to score a brace. It appears, we are dealing with a whole team of players and not just one superstar per team.
It's a tired cliche, but the Germans are a well-oiled, efficient machine who appeared to have banished the ghosts of previous World Cup semi-finals. If you need any further proof, just look at Neuer's reaction to letting in an injury time goal whilst 7-0 up, away, to Brazil.
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