The Germans last won the tournament in 2014, but have not been as successful since. They failed to make the last 16 in 2018, and their performances at Euro 2020 were a mixed bag. They hope to get the best out of their young talent to compete at the World Cup.
As a team, Germany plays possession-based technical control. They use the 4-2-3-1 formation and a number of pressing tactics. Their forward players are responsible for scoring, but they share the ball equally. In the midfield, they have a two-man defensive pivot consisting of Ilkay Gundogan and Joshua Kimmich. Both players have good passing range and can link play.
The group stage is wide open. The two best teams in Group F are Croatia and Belgium. Belgium's "Golden Generation" is well past their prime, while Croatia's main man in the middle is Luka Modric. Most analysts expect at least one of them to miss the knockout rounds. Both could lose to Morocco or Canada in the first round. If either team loses in its first two games, it will be vulnerable.
Germany has one of the world's best strikers. Manuel Neuer has the experience and the physicality to shut down strikers. However, his recent form has been a bit of a disappointment compared to his 2014 and 2018 performances. However, he has a good reputation and is expected to lead the front line again.
The team has been a powerhouse in international football for decades. The new coach Hansi Flick has brought about a lot of improvements. In World Cup Qualification, they averaged 11.7 key passes per match and fared well in tackles metrics. They will be one of the favorites in the group.
The team has plenty of experience playing tournament football, including at the Euros. However, their chances of qualifying are very slim. They have defeated Spain and Portugal, but they have not scored any goals in their build up. However, the team is strong on defence. Its strikers are the key to the team's success.
Germany is a possession-dominant team. They want to have the ball at their feet for as long as possible. They can dominate teams with weaker defenses. They are also vulnerable to counterattacks. Nevertheless, they are considered to be one of the best teams in the world.
With a strong first-team, the Netherlands are expected to win Group A and progress to the last 16. They will face France, Argentina, Denmark, and France. In the quarter-finals, they will face France. With van Gaal at the helm, they will be tough to stop. They have a number of players who have played in the Premier League and Bundesliga.