The German national team will go through the last preparatory match, looking to get into the best possible physical and tactical shape before the Euros, while the Latvians will look to try their luck against a world-class side.
The Germans, lead by new coach Hansi Flick will look to solidify their formations and tactics, and use this game to get players who have returned fresh from injury to an acceptable fitness level. Considering their last two blunders - a 1:1 draw with Denmark, and 1:2 home loss at the hands of North Macedonia, the signs say that the Germans have a long way to go. This is not yet the formidable Deutsch Machine that we’ve been used to seeing at international competitions. Latvia’s stature means that the Germans will have to perform at the highest level, and anything than a win with a few goals margin will be considered a disappointment for them.
The Latvians are far from a championship-potential side, and will use this game to keep players fit, and also give youngsters the chance to rub shoulders with more experienced players. Manager Dainis Kazakevics will hope his players can produce another inspired display like the one against Turkey or Andora, where they showed that what they lack in skill, is compensated in tenacity and willingness to win. The odds are against them, but in a season as strange as this one, is it really impossible?
Aside from players who are in a race against time to be ready for the Euros, like Jamal Musiala, Leon Goretzka, and others, while the Latvians seem to have a full squad.