Cologne (dpa) – When Joachim Löw receives the first delegation of his, this time very large, team in a city hotel in Cologne on Monday afternoon, a very special mission begins.
“We have three games in seven days, it is demanding and reminds me of a tournament,” said the national coach.
The German national football team awaits the test match against Turkey in the Rhine city on Wednesday. After that, it goes every three days in the Nations League in the corona risk area Kiev against Ukraine and again in Cologne against Switzerland. Following the cancellation of Schalke Suat Serdar due to injury, Löw still has 28 players in his XXL roster.
The Munichers Manuel Neuer, Niklas Süle, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry, the Leipzig Marcel Halstenberg and Lukas Klostermann and the ailing Toni Kroos of Real Madrid arrive a day later. With the eight heavily burdened professionals, Löw is not yet planning any plans against Turkey. “We are absolutely aware of the situation and our responsibility – and we have solutions,” said the DFB head trainer, given the particular challenges of the corona pandemic.
Low will measure the playing times of his chosen ones, the DFB will do everything in its power to ensure that national players return to their clubs in good health. “We want to work concentrated and intensive, but also have fun and show it, on and off the field,” said the national coach.
Despite all the uncertainties, Löw feels great anticipation: “Finally there are international matches again. I longed to be with the players on the field again.” After the bumpy start with two 1-1 games against Spain and Switzerland in the Nations League, he and his team are now determined on the road to success.
National team director Oliver Bierhoff and Löw assistant Marcus Sorg will once again explain the concept of hygiene and fan at the first digital press conference on Monday afternoon (12.30pm) in addition to sporting topics. The first training session will be held in the South Stadium at 5.30 pm. The DFB wants to give the 9,200 tickets scheduled for the Turkey test as free as possible to people who “stood up for others in the corona pandemic”. However, the health department in Cologne has yet to give the green light. That mainly depends on the current contamination situation.