While Germany were busying themselves with winning the World Cup last summer, the Spanish side whose title Joachim Low and co were claiming was dismantled and thrown on the scrap heap.
In the two months since the end of the footballing carnival in Brazil, Die Mannschaft have been double-dosing Alka-Seltzer to try and shake the hangover, to little effect.
It means when Vicente Del Bosque’s troops entertain the world champions at Estadio de Balaídos in Vigo, the men that take the field will be a collection of new faces wearing red and out-of-form medal-winners.
So picking a Mix ‘n’ Match XI out of such two fallen giants must be pretty tough then, we hear you ponder. Well, we won’t lie, it’s been a struggle. But it’s what we are here for, so have a gander at our efforts and let us know if you agree:
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