The Germany side which became World Champions in Brazil this summer viewed videos of current Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind before their crucial World Cup knock-out matches.
Speaking in Colongne, the German team’s analysts Christofer Clemens and Stephan Nopp spoke about how Blind became an important part of their preparations as they studied his play for the Netherlands a year previously in the U21 European Championships in Israel.
Blind is one of those players that goes unappreciated in football, he played a key role at his previous club at Ajax and his international career impressed Louis van Gaal enough to take him to the World Cup just a year after being in the U21 side.
The midfielder had a solid start to life at Old Trafford and appeared the clever, comfortable player United had lacked in the middle of the park over the past few years.
Clemens described Blind’s ‘actions’ as a perfect model for how Germany wanted to play and videos of the current United star where shown to star players such as Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos before the World Cup quarter-final against France as well as the semi-final against Brazil and the final itself against Argentina.
Whatever Germany’s players took from Blind and the analysis gathered together by Clemens and Nopp clearly worked. Germany beat France and Argentina without conceding and let just one in past Brazil in stoppage time.
Blind is currently missing for United with a knee injury and isn’t expected to return until the New Year.