Three games, three times the same line up – Jérôme Boateng’s one match suspension aside – and everyone expecting more of the same for this evening’s quarter-final against Greece.
Then we see this evening’s team sheet. Mario Gómez, Thomas Müller and Lukas Podolski on the bench. Miroslav Klose, André Schürrle and Marco Reus in. The latter without having played even a second in the tournament. What’s going on?
Has Jogi Löw given in to Reus’ pleas for a start? Has he been in secret mental communion with a certain “Quälix” Magath? Or is he just being the Maharishi Jogi – the enigmatic, blue sweater-wearing Swabian whose tactical mind remains a complete mystery?
It’s a completely new look for the offensive unit, and the intention is clear: the coach intends to scour the grease with Özil and co. No mercy.
Here’s the new-look starting eleven – with the defence back up to full strength with the return of Boateng:
Boateng, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm – Khedira, Schweinsteiger – Reus, Özil, Schürrle – Klose