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Preview: Chile v Germany

  • Chile and Germany in the final for the first time
  • 1-1 draw between the sides in the group phase
  • *Three Germans in the running for the adidas Golden Boot *

Regardless of what happens in the FIFA Confederation Cup 2017 final in St. Petersburg, one thing is sure. After Brazil (4 titles), France (2), Argentina, Mexico and Denmark (1 each), there will be a new name on the trophy, as both Germany and Chile are in the final of this tournament for the first time.

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Diego Zandrino, with Chile*
Chile are peaking – mentally and tactically – at the right time, even though their profligacy in front of goal and energy reserves may prove to be an issue in the final. The fact that they created so many chances in the semi-final against Portugal and played the entire 120 minutes at a high tempo proves that they will be up for the challenge against Germany. What could make or break the team is whether they are able to convert their chances and eliminate mistakes in defence.

Steffen Potter, with Germany
Germany have been very impressive in attack throughout the tournament, and as Joachim Low has pointed out, they have also been gelling better as a team. Now they need to prove this in the final against Chile – a team that their coach has enormous respect for. The young German squad has had its eyes on the prize since the tournament began, and has every chance of lifting the trophy come Sunday.

*What you need to know *
*1. *There was a dress rehearsal for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 final in St. Petersburg when Germany and Chile met in the group stage. The CONMEBOL champions took the lead after just six minutes courtesy of an Alexis Sanchez strike, before Lars Stindl restored parity before the break. Neither side could add to their tally in the second half.

*2. *The adidas Golden Boot for the tournament’s top scorer looks likely to end up in Germany, who have three players in the running. After the semi-finals, Timo Werner (3 goals, 1 assist) is just ahead of Leon Goretzka (3, 0), Cristiano Ronaldo (2, 1) and Lars Stindl (2, 0). Portugal’s talisman has already headed home, however, and will not be adding this particular award to his haul.

*3. *Chile are currently riding a wave of success. After their Copa America triumphs in 2015 and 2016, La Roja are looking for their third international trophy in as many years.

*Possible line-ups *
Chile: Claudio Bravo; Mauricio Isla, Gary Medel, Gonzalo Jara, Jean Beausejour; Pablo Hernandez, Marcelo Diaz, Charles Aranguiz, Arturo Vidal; Eduardo Vargas, Alexis Sanchez. ​

Germany: Marc-Andre Ter Stegen; Matthias Ginter, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule; Joshua Kimmich, Sebastian Rudy, Leon Goretzka, Jonas Hector; Lars Stindl, Julian Draxler; Timo Werner

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