Chile head to Stuttgart for a high-profile friendly against Germany on Wednesday.
With the qualifying process over, these friendlies are all that stand between the 32-team field and the 2014 World Cup. National team coaches have to use these meaningless matches in order to ensure that their teams are prepared and have built enough fluidity to thrive in Brazil.
So while these results will have little impact in the grand scheme of things, a team's performance can either encourage or discourage its supporter base.
Germany and Chile both had their moments during qualifying, but they have question marks that need answered before the summer rolls around.
Here's a quick preview for this intriguing match.
When: Wednesday, March 5, at 2:45 p.m. ET; 7:45 p.m. GMT
Where: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart, Germany
TV Info: BT Sport 2 (UK)
Live Stream: Watch ESPN (US)
Top Storyline: How will both sides look on the road to the World Cup?
Going into Euro 2012, Germany looked like a massive favorite to upend Spain. Few countries in the world can match their talent, and Joachim Low had shown himself to be a shrewd tactician.
Then the Germans were undone, with the midfield partnership of Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger a major culprit.
Although Germany went through World Cup qualifying unbeaten, there were enough results, such as the 4-4 draw with Sweden after being up 4-0, the loss to the United States and drab draws with the Netherlands and Italy, to highlight the side's flaws.
Low admitted that simply having a lot of talent isn't a guarantee of future success, per Goal:
'On paper we have a top team with top quality and top individuals, but the reality looks a little different,' Low told reporters.
'The truth is not so nice because many of our players have been injured for a long time and don't have much rhythm, be it due to a dip in form or niggling injuries, which is why we need to use these next two-and-a-half months to improve and do everything to reach top form.
'The clock is ticking and I'm making an appeal to everybody to prepare as best as they can and to invest all they can, not only to be physically but also psychologically ready for this.'
These friendlies are all that's left before the World Cup, so it's imperative that the German squad regains the fluidity that made it so successful and fun to watch in 2010.
While Chile aren't traveling to Brazil with as heavy expectations, they're nonetheless one of the more interesting teams to watch. Not only do they boast an attractive brand of football, but they're one of the best teams in South America.
As Jonathan Wilson of The Guardian wrote, Jorge Sampaoli can't help but remind you of Marcelo Bielsa, who led the Chileans at the 2010 World Cup:
There is a swagger about them again, Sampaoli's wild eyes and attacking philosophy beginning to rekindle the embers of Bielsa's time. 'I believe that the only way to succeed is by uniting players with a love of playing,' Sampaoli said. 'You try to inspire in them a love of the shirt derived of enjoyment, not obligation. When you succeed in this individualistic society, it is by committing to something intangible, with humility. That allows everybody to come together; the social or cultural background of the people involved doesn't matter.'
This is a chance for Chile to claim a high-profile scalp and prove that they aren't merely style over substance.
With the match in Germany, it's hard to look past the Germans. They have the talent edge, and with Low publicly criticizing the squad, there shouldn't be any complacency on the pitch. The likes of Mesut Ozil, Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker and Bastian Schweinsteiger have been stalwarts of the national team, but even they know that more will be expected in the coming months.
The one big worry for Germany is getting hit back on the counter. Chile can rip the Germans apart if they get sloppy at the back.
Still, Germany has too much strength in midfield, which should cover up their problems at the top of the attack.
Germany 2, Chile 1
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