One might be forgiven for thinking that the Germans already have one foot in the final, judging by the unadulterated joy of thousands who took to the streets all across the football-mad country on Monday after the final whistle.
Towns and cities all across Germany were a frenzy of “autocorsos” awash with raucous fans celebrating the 4-0 win over Portugal.
And all this after just 90 minutes of action.
Even the German chancellor Angela Merkel was on hand to bask in the spoils of victory.
These are not uncharted territories for Low and his charges.
Germany has arguably flattered to deceive at their past three tournaments, failing to seal any major trophies under Low—despite numerous memorable performances, many in a similarly fluid manner to Monday’s mauling of Portugal.
For the 54-year-old coach (rather like Dutch coach Louis van Gaal after Holland’s 5-1 savaging of Spain) the question is how to best manage lofty expectations and how to guard against overconfidence in his ranks.
Despite how dominant the Germans looked on Monday, Low would be wise to have one eye on games gone by—even in three famous World Cup winning campaigns—(1954, 1994 and 1990) Germany has never won every game at a tournament.
History reveals to Low that there is a German blip on the way…