World Cup 2014: Germany vs Algeria – strengths, weaknesses and key men

A look ahead to the Last 16 encounter between these sides

Germany

Strengths

Seven goals in the group of death shows that Germany are lucky enough to have two players, Thomas Müller and Miroslav Klose, with an unerring ability to find the net under pressure.

Weaknesses

There are doubts about the mentality of a side who lost semi-finals in 2010 and 2012, compared to the resilience of former teams. Is this the year when this generation delivers on their obvious promise?

Key man

Toni Kroos has been excellent in midfield, showing far more quality than his colleagues there, directing play forward quickly to Mario Götze, Müller and Mesut Özil in an electric front three.

 

Algeria

Strengths

Veteran coach Vahid Halilhodzic has built an exciting, flexible side. They nearly held on to a 1-0 win over Belgium before playing entirely differently to run through South Korea for a thrilling 4-2 win.

Weaknesses

Despite their impressive rearguard against Belgium, a cleverer team might be able to unpick the pairing of Rafik Halliche and Madjid Bougherra at centre-back, especially if they can run at them.

Sofiane Feghouli of Algeria celebrates with his teammates Sofiane Feghouli of Algeria celebrates with his teammates  

Key man

Sofiane Feghouli has been dangerous in all of Algeria’s games, whether wide on the right or cutting inside. The Valencia player is clever, quick and technically sharp enough to cause anyone problems.

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