Cologne (dpa) – Joachim Löw answered the question about the significance of the controversial Turkey test without any excitement. “Games like these are always there to see which individual player can strengthen the starting line-up in the near future,” said the national coach.
Löw turns the originally unloved appearance on Wednesday (8.45 p.m. / RTL) in Cologne into an application competition for higher assignments. Three days later in the corona risk area in Kiev against Ukraine and another 72 hours later against Switzerland, there is only one goal: the first victories in the Nations League must absolutely succeed.
“Now in the fall we are facing an incredible balancing act to solve the tricky tasks,” said Löw once again about the division of his squad in the test game division and the point games group with the Bayern block that came later. . The very special challenges in the Corona crisis require a new approach. “Until next year it will be a new and unknown burden. We have never had a season like this. We have to make sure that the players are permanently healthy and productive,” said Löw. That is why all those responsible, including those in the clubs, must learn to rotate.
The hope of the DFB that 9,200 fans can come to the stadium with free tickets has not been fulfilled. Given the contamination situation in Cologne, the match may take place for a maximum of 300 spectators. Coaches and players don’t want to be affected by it. “We give one hundred percent in every international match,” promised Kai Havertz, who has moved to England and with whom Low will start. “Against Turkey is a good game to come back to get to know the boys better. We are trying to win the game so that we can go into the two Nations League games with a good feeling,” said the 21-year-old. Chelsea FC professional.
The four-time world champion can only increase his radiance through victories, which will not only fade with the corona crisis. Even before that, stadium fields were empty at international matches and TV viewing figures fluctuated. The DFB team had disappeared completely from the international scene for ten months by Covid-19. The position of professional football is being questioned. Low labeled the restart in the hygiene bubble with two 1-1 games in the Nations League against Spain and Switzerland – at least late – as a disappointment.
“I was actually very satisfied with many things,” said Löw in Cologne. But since 2018, there have always been shortcomings that have robbed his team of “the pay of their work.” “Maintaining control of the game and the organization, and ultimately improving efficiency,” said Löw as potential for improvement. “Then we can beat almost everyone if we implement the things discussed.”
“It is of course difficult for the coach with so little time. But everyone has to deal with that,” said DFB director Oliver Bierhoff about the international three-pack: “It is a challenge to have a team on the field. who can play football well and passionately. Plays. “Low will send a mix of newbies, players with so far few selected games and more experienced professionals onto the field. “Emre Can, Matthias Ginter, Antonio Rüdiger and Julian Draxler, who have been with us for a long time, must lead the new players and take responsibility,” announced Löw. The 27-year-old Draxler may act as captain as in the Confederation Cup 2017.
Löw’s problem with this: in just one real team training session, he could only implement a few processes and consolidate tactical components. The national coach and his staff conveyed the game idea to newcomers Mahmoud Dahoud (Dortmund), Jonas Hofmann and Florian Neuhaus (Mönchengladbach) through conversations and video images. “We want to give you some solutions,” said Loew.
Bierhoff relies on the “very good quality” of the players and referred to existing automatisms: “Many know each other from the youth country teams. Even though they come from different clubs, they have fun very quickly and can also combine well on the field.” Bernd Leno replaces captain Manuel Neuer in goal, who, like some other regulars, is spared the more important point games. Julian Brandt and Nico Schulz, who are currently suspended in Dortmund, can show themselves against Turkey. They retain Löw’s confidence: “You can already progress to the roles in your club.” Bierhoff formulated the demands placed on the team: “They can show what they are made of.”
The likely lineups:
Germany: Leno (Arsenal FC / 28 years / 7 international matches) – Can (Borussia Dortmund / 26/27), Ginter (Borussia Mönchengladbach / 26/31), Rüdiger (Chelsea FC / 27/32) – Henrichs (RB Leipzig / 23/3), Neuhaus (Borussia Mönchengladbach / 23/0), Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain / 27/53), Schulz (Borussia Dortmund / 27/10) – Havertz (FC Chelsea / 21/7), Brandt (Borussia Dortmund / 24/32) – Waldschmidt (Benfica Lisbon / 24/3)
Turkey: Günok (Basaksehir Istanbul / 31/16) – Celik (OSC Lille / 23/15), Söyüncü (Leicester City / 24/30), Kabak (FC Schalke 04/20/2), Kaldirim (Basaksehir / 39/33 ) – Tekdemir (Basaksehir / 32/16), Ozan Tufan (Fenerbahce / 25/50) – Yazici (OSC Lille / 23/21), Calhanoglu (AC Milan / 26/48), Cengiz Ünder (Leicester City / 23/21 ) – Yilmaz (Lille OSC / 35/61)
Referee: Benoit Bastien (France)