Joachim Low decided to rest Germany’s top stars like Kroos, Ozil, Muller as he looked to give them the necessary rest before the World Cup finals next year. However, despite resting their top stars, Germany managed to bring a talented team to Russia for the Confederations Cup. The fact that the likes of Niklas Sule, Ter Stegen, Goretzka feature in their ‘second-team’ is a testament to Germany’s swarm of talent. The Germans are as competitive as it gets and under Low’s management, the young guns can definitely pull off a title win.
While Germany decided to rest their stars, Portugal decided to go full strength in the Confederations Cup. Coming on the back of a fantastic Euro Cup win, confidence is naturally high in the Portuguese camp. The team has talented players like Carvalho, Gelson Martins and has leaders like Ronaldo and Pepe. With the right mix of youth and experience, Fernando Santos will be confident of their chances this summer as well. Ronaldo’s golden run of form too will be decisive as the Real Madrid star has the capability of turning the game alone. Getting through group stages will be a no brainer for the Portuguese as their main competition will be from the likes of Germany.
The South Americans are unarguably the top side of the American continent. Having won two Copa America titles since 2015, Chile are in their golden generation at this moment. With the likes of Sanchez and Vidal in their ranks, Chile have one of the most hardworking and talented squads in the world. Their next aim would be to make an impact on the world stage after their disappointing exit in the World Cup on penalties against Brazil. Under Juan Pizzi, Chile have a defined style of play and are one of the favourites to lift the Confederations Cup.
The only past winners of the Confederations Cup in this year’s event, Mexico will be determined to make an impact this time. Mexico have undoubtedly developed since their 7-0 thrashing through the hands of Chile in the Copa America last season. With a Gold Cup to come, Mexico have decided against resting their top players to win in Russia. While their title win will be a major surprise, there is no doubt about their quality. In Javier Hernandez, they have one of the most clinical strikers in the world. Osorio will look to implement a more organised style of play as Mexico look to progress from their group.