Euro 2012: Should Joachim Low Give Young Players a Chance Against Denmark?
Entering the final match of Group B on Sunday, Germany are in prime position to advance out of the group in first place.
Any type of positive result against Denmark will advance the Germans to a date with Greece in Gdansk on Friday.
Even if the Germans lose, which is highly unlikely, they stand a good chance of advancing. The mathematics of that situation are fairly complicated to explain until the results flow in tomorrow.
One thing manager Joachim Low should consider during the final group game is whether he should let some of his young stars on to the pitch in the second half to replace the older guard of players.
In the past group games, Low has brought on Toni Kroos and Lars Bender for defensive purposes late with less than 10 minutes to go, but he has yet to bring on any young attacking options.
Those attacking options include Andre Schurrle, Marco Reus and Mario Gotze.
Fans of the German Bundesliga are aware of what this young triplet of players can do, but all three are waiting to introduce themselves to the world audience, even if it is just for one half.
Just like starters Mario Gomez and Lukas Podolski, the three youngsters know how to score.
Schurrle, 21, who can play up front and on the wing, only scored seven goals for Bayer Leverkeusen because of his time out on the wing.
His low goal tally domestically is something fans should not be concerned with, as Schurrle has scored all seven of his international goals in the past year.
Gotze, 20, is the youngest of the three potential superstars, but he has plenty of experience already.
Gotze has played for Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund and despite only playing 17 league games this season, he has caught the eye of Low and his coaching staff and has already made 14 international appearances.
There is one factor that will determine if any of these players step on to the pitch on Sunday in Lviv: the score.
If Germany are winning decisively after one half of play, Low may be tempted to rest stars like Gomez, Bastian Schweinstieger, Thomas Muller and Mesut Ozil.
The probability of seeing Schurrle, Reus and Gotze on the same pitch Sunday is very low, but Low should bring on one of the young stars to get some experience up front in a major international tournament.
Whether or not we see any of these three players Sunday, one thing is for sure when the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil comes around in two years time: Schurrle, Reus and Gotze will be leading the next generation of German superstars into a major tournament.
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