Joachim Low has urged his side to take out their “anger and disappointment” from the 6-0 humiliation in the Nations League last year.
Germany welcome Iceland at the MSV-Arena for the opening match of their FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualification campaign on Thursday.
Both teams had a poor Nations League campaign by their respective standards. Tonight’s hosts in Duisburg failed to win four of their six group stages matches while the visitors finished rock-bottom of League A Group 2.
The 2018 World Cup was forgettable as well for either side as both failed to get past the group stages of the competition.
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Die Mannschaft have been vastly successful during Joachim Low’s reign but they have lost much of their shine in recent times as the manager prepares to put a full stop to his 15-year chapter.
The then-defending champions’ endured heartbreak in the 2018 World Cup in Russia as they bowed out before even reaching the knockout stages. They managed to win only a single match and finished the lowest in Group F.
Also, the Germans go into the match on the back of their most humiliating defeat in 90 years.
Despite all the red flags, their morale shouldn’t be low going into the match as they have been beaten just once in their previous 15 matches on home soil.
The Nordic nations were beaten six out of six times in the Nations League group stages and were relegated to League B.
Arnar Vidarsson’s go into Thursday’s clash on the back of a thorough 4-0 loss against England, who will also be in action tonight against San Mario.
Germany vs Iceland Head-to-head
The upcoming match will be the fifth meeting between the two teams. Germany are yet to suffer a defeat against the upcoming opponents.
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Toni Kroos left the camp after suffering a muscle injury while Niklas Sule and Robin Gosens are also out injured.
Elsewhere, Gylfi Sigurdsson is unavailable as he is on parental leave.