One observation I have made for most of the 'competitive' teams (Germany, England, France, Italy, etc.) this cup is the lack of shape to their formation and how it hardly holds against the counter. Germany seemed to struggle with that to a great degree yesterday. Low swapped his front three constantly but to no avail. Gotze seems to be struggling no matter where he is put, however (and surprisingly for me) Ozil did wonders. He has been magnificent with both his challenges and runs, even though he still struggles creating chances and that I'm notching to the understanding (or lack of) one develops only after playing with their peers for awhile.
Overall they are not looking like the team that won the world cup and things may change but we'll see.