The Confederations Cup began last week, acting as the warm-up for Russia’s World Cup next summer, and the group stages kick into life with a huge group stage clash between Chile and Germany.
World champions Germany tackle Copa America winners Chile at the Kazan Arena, in a match where some of the finest talents in world football will be on display and where both sides can make a huge statement ahead of next summer’s showcase tournament.
With some of the best players in the world are on display, a combined XI between the world champions and their South American counterparts is bursting with talent.
GK: Marc-Andre Ter Stegen
Barcelona and Germany, Ter Stegen isn't tested often. Image Source: Twitter
RB: Mauricio Isla
Udinese, Juventus, Marseille, Cagliari, QPR- spot the odd one out.
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CB: Shkodran Mustafi
The most expensive defender in Arsenal history - is he worth it? Image Source: Twitter
CB: Niklas Sule
A German talent snapped-up by Bayern Munich, what's new? Image Source: Twitter
LB: Jonas Hector
How long can Koln keep hold of his talents? Image Source: Twitter
CM: Arturo Vidal
He'll face-off against three Bayern Munich team-mates on Thursday. Image Source: Twitter
CM: Julian Draxler
Fallen from grace in recent years but now on his way up. Image Source: Twitter
CM: Leon Goretzka
The future of Germany's midfield is certainly in good hands. Image Source: Twitter
LW: Eduardo Vargas
Admittedly not the biggest name in Chile's ranks...
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RW: Alexis Sanchez
He holds the sanity of Arsenal fans in the palm of his hands. Image Source: Twitter
ST: Timo Werner
21 goals in his debut Bundesliga season, not bad. Image Source: Twitter
Germany’s squad is vastly different to what you’d expect to see at the World Cup next summer, with Joachim Lowe handing opportunities to young players, whereas Chile have largely stuck to the squad that led them to two consecutive Copa America successes.
This line-up has the perfect balance of experience and youth, with the former provided by South America whilst the latter comes from Europe.
You may not fancy Chile for victory but you should definitely reassess the situation, as Alexis Sanchez’s side could cause the world champions a wealth of problems for Germany’s young side.