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'What Pepe did was inexcusable. Germany looked very impressive but weren't really tested' - CCFC World Cup Review

17 June 2014

Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley gives his thoughts on Germany's impressive win over Portugal...

Germany 4-0 Portugal

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley gives his thoughts on the impressive win over Portugal by the Germans.

"In terms of actual opportunities created, Germany were far more ruthless but if you go back to the opening stages of the game, it was pretty even in terms of possession. 

They attacked with more freedom and when Portugal went down to ten men, it was game over. As a football manager, mistakes from players are made on a regular basis and as long as they're honest mistakes, then you can deal with it.

You can never prepare yourself for what Pepe did. It is inexcusable. For a senior player of that experience, you can't do that and his national team suffered for it.

Even though playing against ten men can often be difficult, it was a very professional performance from Germany. They shifted the ball quickly out wide and attacked at pace.

Germany have got it to go all the way but I don't think they were fully tested by Portugal because of the sending off.

A lot of teams at the World Cup are promoting their full-backs into advanced areas and it is definitely one of Germany's biggest strengths. They exploited the wide area on the right where Cristiano Ronaldo didn't track back, but you accept it with Ronaldo."

Star Man: Thomas Muller - You can't look past a player who scored a hat-trick. It was a striker's hat-trick. He was in the right position all the time and was a threat throughout but also contributed to the team-play. 

Ratings: Germany 8, Portugal 5

Prospects: Germany will be lifted by the start to the tournament and whilst a lot has been made of Brazil and Argentina, it shouldn't be a surprise to see Germany progress to the latter stages of the tournament. Portugal have enough quality to get out of the group but need to pick themselves up after a disappointing start.

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