It’s a little amusing to see the English gossip press slamming former German great Franz Beckenbauer.
Franz Beckenbauer – unfortunately he’s right
The German legend has said it’s stupid that an England – Germany game should be a last 16 game, and that the two top countries should have met much later in the tournament – and he has blamed England for that – by not winning their group.
This is what Franz actually said:
“A game like this should be a semi-final, not a last-16 game.” “Stupidly, the English have slipped up a little by finishing second in their group.“
“The English look a little tired. There is a good reason for that — the Premier League players have to play far more games than their Bundesliga colleagues, including two national cup competitions.”
“Therefore, when it comes to a World Cup or a European Championships, they are burnt out.” “Our players, on the other hand, seem to be in a physically better condition.”
“Of course we respect them, but we certainly don’t fear them.”
Notice that he doesn’t call England stupid – but says it’s stupid that the game should be this early – and he’s right. He also even offers an excuse for the England players by saying the PL is very tough along with the two Cup competitions – the Carling Cup and FA Cup.
Not only that, but it’s England’s fault for now winning their group – and now we face Germany and then probably Argentina.
It would have been so much easier if we had won the group and be playing against Ghana and then possibly Uruguay – but it could well be the the USA now makes the semi-finals – what a shock that would be.
So we think Franz is right -0 and indeed it’s stupid that England didn’t win their group and it could cost us big time.
But Beckenbauer does admit that England’s display against Slovenia was a vast improvement on the pathetic draws with the USA and Algeria in our first couple of games:
“England’s first two appearances at the World Cup were paltry, but they improved against Slovenia.”
“What makes them dangerous is that their key players — Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and John Terry — sense that this could be the last chance in their career to win a World Cup.”
“And after all, England have been waiting since 1966 for a title.” “Capello appears to have brought discipline to the troops. After they failed to qualify for Euro 2008, England hit rock bottom.”
“But Capello has brought in a new structure.”
While Italy were too old – and proved it by playing without any spirit or verve at all yesterday against Slovakia – apart from the last unbelievable 10 minutes of that game – Germany is young and fairly inexperienced.
That’s will be especially true if Bayern Munich’s 25 year-old midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is not playing, because of the serious thigh injury he picked up in the last game.
We think the Germans fear Fabio Capello more than anything else, because we think he could have England very ready for this game – just like he did in the qualifying rounds.
And it’s got to now be an advantage to the England players they they dodged a bullet by nor being knocked out after two very pathetic performances in their first two games.
It’s a case now that England have almost nothing to lose.
But Franz is right, let’s face it, that it’s stupid England didn’t win their group and we could now have been dreaming about who we would be meeting in the semi-finals of this World Cup.
Oh well – upward and onward.