France: France’s performance in group stages was quite impressive. Les Bleus scored 8 goals in its first 2 matches. They displayed yet another clinical performance against Nigeria in the round of 16. Didier Deschamps manages a well-balanced and happy squad, which France have not had for many years, even at the cost of individual brilliance. And now with Karim Benzema and Mathieu Valbuena in great form, the French can believe in themselves. The two linked up well to score the second goal against Nigeria.
Germany: Seven goals in the group of death shows that Germany are lucky enough to have two players, Thomas Mueller and Miroslav Klose, with an unerring ability to find the net under pressure. With players like Toni Kroos and Bastian Schweinsteiger controlling the midfield, it would be difficult to break Germany’s resistance at the center. Germany managed to shake off Algeria’s counter-attacking threat with two late goals for a place in the last eight. They now know that they must improve their performance if they have to lift the coveted trophy.
Form in FIFA World Cup 2014 so far
France: 3 Wins, 1 Draw (WWDW)
Germany: 3 Wins, 1 Draw (WDWW)
Total Matches Played: 25
France 11 Wins, 6 Draws, Germany 8 Wins