Netherlands is welcoming Germany in round 2 of Euro Cup qualifications.
Netherlands is playing really nice and enjoyable soccer after years of bad results all thanks to then coach Koeman who was signed in February 2018 after Netherlands failed to qualify for World Cup in Russia. When signed, Koeman decided to rebuild his roster and he got rid of some older players like Robben and start giving more chances to players like Depay, De Ligt, Bergwijn and De Jong who are future of Holland soccer. In their last game against Belarus, Netherlands was fantastic with 62% ball possession, 6 shots on goal and 88% of correct passes and have won this game 4-0 with Depay scoring 2 and assisting for 1 goal. Netherlands was always at the top of European soccer and after missing out on World Cup in Russia this rebuild was much needed and now once again are playing great offensive, enjoyable soccer with steady defense lead by Liverpool’s Van Dijk and both players and fans are feeling that this Netherlands team can do great things.
Germany also had to do a roster rebuild after disappointing World Cup last year and players like Muller, Hummels and Boateng who were key players for years are no longer in the team, instead young stars like Sane, Werner and Havertz have been given a chance to prove themselves to coach Loew. In their last game against Serbia, Germany was a better team offensively with 66% ball possession, 10 shots on goal, but their defense was a bit shaky and game ended in 1-1 draw. Germany has a really young team with huge potential to do great things and will be fighting for the top spot in their group with Netherlands. Germany’s players are still getting used to the changes in their roster, more specifically their defense who hasn’t played together before but there is a lot of time before Euro Cup next year to get their game in line. Germany has always liked playing offensive soccer with lots of possession no matter who the opponent is and are doing same now, only difference is this German team is using their wingers more which makes them even more dangerous.
Its hard to give an advantage to anyone in this matchup based on trends, but taking a look at the current form I would give the edge to Netherlands but one can never count out Germany so instead I will rather pick something on goals.