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There can be no doubt about it: Germany are the best footballing nation in the world. Two days after their under-21 squad Authentic Pacers Womens Jersey won the European Championship, a weakened senior team – eight of whom are eligible for the youth side – beat Chile in a thrilling game to lift the Confederations Cup.When Joachim Löw travelled to Russia without Marco Reus, Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil, Sami Khedira, Mats Hummels and Jérôme Boateng, the German manager was heavily criticised. “I feel vindicated,” he said before the match. Following his team’s performance in Saint Petersburg Löw has every right to gloat. Twelve months out from the 2018 World Cup the reigning champions are strong favourites to become only the third side in history to defend their title successfully.Fifa’s controversial video assistant referee (VAR) technology was once again under the spotlight after Chile’s Gonzalo Jara remained on the pitch despite landing an elbow in Timo Werner’s face during a second-half challenge. The foul was brought to the attention of the Serbian referee, Milorad Mazic, who reviewed the footage from the touchline but only cautioned Jara.Löw diplomatically suggested it “could have been worthy of a red card” while the Chile manager, Juan Antonio Pizzi, refused to comment. The incident will fuel debate about the potential use of VAR at next year’s World Cup, with Fifa’s president, Gianni Infantino, recently backing the technology.Murray’s situation is of the most obvious interest to the home audience and the flaring of an old hip problem has spread understandable misgivings about his chances. He has had a wretched time of it since usurping Djokovic as world No1 last November: shingles in Australia, flu in the US, a tender serving Danielle Hunter Youth Jersey elbow in Miami, another heavy cold in Paris and, generally, a lack of conviction on court. Where once he overcame adversity, he has faltered.Murray has won 21 matches this year and lost nine, but six of those have been to players outside the top 10: Jordan Thompson (90), Fabio Fognini (29), Borna Coric (59), Albert Ramos Viñolas (29), Vasek Pospisil (129) and Mischa Zverev (50), who began the slide in the first week of the Australian Open.In all of 2016 he lost nine times, winning 78 matches, nine titles, with a second Wimbledon his crowning glory before a third BBC Sports Personality of the Year award and a knighthood.So, back to reality, which is where Murray prefers to reside. “You never know,” he said on Sunday, referring to the lingering hip problem. “I haven’t been in that sort of position too often, like only a few days before a slam, and not felt good at all. Hasn’t really happened to me much.“Obviously this is an extremely important tournament, so you worry a little bit. It’s a little bit stressful if you can’t practise for a few days. You want to be preparing, training as much as you can to get ready and make yourself feel better, especially when you hadn’t had any matches. But [I have] just tried to think positively. I tried to make the best decisions along with my team to give myself the best chance to feel good on Monday. I feel like I’ve done that.”


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