Group F of Euro 2020 has been christened the ‘group of death’ on account of the teams in it: reigning European champions Portugal, World Cup winners France and multi-time major titlists Germany, along with a play-of qualifier.
Every single point is going to count then, and that’s what makes this opening clash between France and Germany on June 15 in Munich so intriguing.
France go into it as the best international team in the world, based on their efforts in Russia back in 2018 anyway, and so they will be once again expected to go deep into the tournament in 2020 too.
In stark contrast, Germany had the World Cup from hell, and head coach Joachim Low has spent the past couple of years trying manfully to revolutionise this German side.
This game could arguably be the tie of the group phase, and we will learn so much about the teams based on their efforts inside the cauldron-like atmosphere of the Allianz Arena.
So who will earn the early bragging rights, ad who will be left sweating on their place in the Round of 16? Let’s take a look in our France vs Germany preview.
All of the usual suspects were key to their success, with Antoine Griezmann not missing a game and picking up three goals along the way. Olivier Giroud, despite not being able to get a minute of action at Chelsea, netted six times, while the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Kingsley Coman were also among the goals.
Factor in some high quality defenders and the magic of Paul Pogba, Nabil Fekir and co, and you can see why France are fancied to go deep in the summer.
But they aren’t actually that well fancied against Germany, a side who were hapless at World Cup 2018.
However, this is a new generation of German stars, with Timo Werner leading the way accompanied by Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich and Niklas Sule. With the experience of Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng in the mix, we simply cannot write off Germany despite their below-par efforts in Germany.