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sport news World Cup: Can Germany avenge their 6-0 loss to Spain in Qatar? trends now

sport news World Cup: Can Germany avenge their 6-0 loss to Spain in Qatar? trends now

Not many teams get the better of Germany at international level. Yet Spain have made a habit of doing exactly over the past two decades.

In the last seven meetings between the two sides, Spain have come out on top four times, losing just once. During this period, Spain have beaten their rivals in the Euro 2008 final and the 2010 World Cup semi-finals on their way to triumphing in South Africa.

Matches have often been decided by the odd goal, with very little to separate the European giants. That is until their last contest in November 2020, in the Nations League, when Spain won a stunningly one-sided match 6-0.

Germany suffered a humbling 6-0 defeat against Spain in Seville in November 2020

Germany suffered a humbling 6-0 defeat against Spain in Seville in November 2020

It was a heavy defeat, and one that they struggled to recover from in the immediate aftermath as they were dumped out of the delayed European Championship the following summer at the last-16 stage by England.

However, they have bounced back from that major tournament, losing just once since as they qualified for the World Cup in Qatar with something to spare.

Now Germany will get the chance at redemption when they take on Spain in Group E on matchday two on November 27.

Sportsmail has taken a look at what Germany have changed since their humbling defeat by Spain in 2020, and whether they are in shape to gain revenge this time around.

Hansi Flick at the helm

Let's start with the obvious change. Joachim Low is no longer in charge, and has been replaced by former Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick.

Low's time at the helm was an overwhelming success on the whole as he led Germany to glory in the World Cup for the fourth time in 2014. He also took Die Mannschaft to the semi-finals of four other major tournaments during his 15-year spell in the dugout.

Yet Germany lost their way towards the end of his tenure as they were knocked out in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup in a group that contained Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.

Joachim Low left his role as national team manager after 15 years in charge in 2021

Joachim Low left his role as national team manager after 15 years in charge in 2021

Former Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick has replaced Low, and has made a positive start

Former Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick has replaced Low, and has made a positive start

There were some calls for him to go then, but he continued on for another three years, overseeing their dismal loss against Spain and their early Euro 2020 exit.

Things had certainly gone stale, and a fresh face was needed to lead the side. Germany turned to Flick, who had won eight major trophies at Bayern, including the Bundesliga twice and the Champions League in 2020.

Flick's start could hardly have gone any better as he won his first eight games, scoring 33 goals in the process.

Germany have since only won one of their last seven matches, showing that there is plenty more still to do, but they have also only lost once during this run to highlight how Flick has already made them a more difficult team to beat than in the latter stages of Low's tenure.

Change of personnel

Of the XI players that started on that awful night in Seville two years ago, only three were in the line-up for Germany's most recent fixture against England in September. The fallout from that loss was significant.

The defence has been drastically changed, with Robert Ginter, Robin Koch and Philipp Max hardly getting a look-in since.

Ginter has started just once following that defeat, while Koch has added a single cap to his name and hasn't made the national team squad since Euro 2020. Max hasn't played a single minute after that loss. Only Niklas Sule played that night and is still in Flick's plans.

Toni Kroos retired from international football after Germany lost to England at Euro 2020

Toni Kroos retired from international football after Germany lost to England at Euro 2020

Meanwhile, Toni Kroos retired from international football after Germany went out of last year's Euros, which has led to a new era for the team.

At the back, 22-year-old Nico Schlotterbeck has come in, while RB Leipzig's David Raum, 24, has been given opportunities on the left-hand side of the back four.

Joshua Kimmich has also been moved into midfield, rather than flitting between that position and

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