Germany vs. Poland: 6 Things We Learned

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Germany vs. Poland: 6 Things We Learned
Michael Sohn/Associated Press

Joachim Loew's makeshift Germany team were helpless to overcome a stern Polish side on Tuesday evening, as both sides drew 0-0 on a quiet spring night in Hamburg's Millerntor-Stadion

Although the game itself had never been billed as anything but a pre-World Cup friendly in which the German Bundestrainer had hoped to iron out a few creases before the big night in Rio, we were instead welcomed to a German national team full to the brim with young Bundesliga debutants. 

Without the likes of Marco Reus, Bastian Schweinsteiger or Mezut Ozil, who were still away on duty for their respective clubs, Loew had instead opted to start an entirely new side and test the best of Germany's top division against a decent Polish squad. 

As brave and bold as we may have ever seen Loew throughout his time as Germany's head coach, the game itself soon descended into anything but a spectacle, as the young squad kept their shape and defended well but did very little when it came to attacking the Polish defence. 

Partner this with an opponent built around a defensive unit and that would usually be led offensively by Borussia Dortmund duo Robert Lewandowski and Jakub Blaszczykowski, and you have two teams who seemed intent on shutting up shop long before they considered breaking down the opponent. 

There were of course positives to take from the game. Germany's young stars looked anything but out of their depth, while even some of the defensive players such as Freiburg's Oliver Sorg and Sampdoria's Shkodran Mustafi looked more than content at such a level. 

In essence it was the failure of more familiar players such as Julian Draxler and Hoffenheim's Kevin Volland, who will undoubtedly make the trip to Brazil, that failed to excite and offer any real reason for their inclusion this summer.  

A good game in theory, but one that ultimately offered very little for Loew to work with ahead of his biggest test this summer. 

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