Berlin (dpa) – Joachim Löw’s main assignment to his XXL squad for the unloved and complicated international triple pack is clear, but delicate.
“We have to present ourselves in such a way that the spectators want to see the national team again,” said the national coach before the first part of his huge team hit in Cologne on Monday. After a long forced rest by Corona and the two unsatisfactory draws to reboot the national team against Spain and Switzerland, a victory should now be taken.
“With a little distance I was really annoyed”, admitted Löw, looking back on the two 1-1 games: “We gave scoring chances slightly and ended up leaving two wins, we have to learn from that, we have to do better.” However, the circumstances have led to fears that in the friendly against Turkey on Wednesday and then in the league games on Saturday in Ukraine and three days later in Cologne against Switzerland, hardly any brilliant performances can be expected.
The corona pandemic is coming to a head again and has also affected football from Liverpool via Salzburg to the 2nd Bundesliga in Aue. The clubs only release their players with great reluctance, although the German Football Association has, as it were, put the elect of Löw in a hygiene bubble again in the September games, with virtually no contact with the outside world. Nevertheless, Low demanded, “We have to become greedy, hungry, more consistent and cold-blooded again.”
It is still unclear whether the public trusts it and whether the 9,200 fans targeted by the DFB are allowed to enter the stadium in Cologne at all. “We don’t have any boards yet,” the DFB said on Sunday. Nonetheless, the association announced a previously unknown free ticket promotion on Sunday for the next occasion – ideally for Wednesday.
The DFB wanted to say “THANK YOU. Anyone who campaigned for others in the corona pandemic and not just thought about himself. And he would like to give joy. With a visit to the stadium,” a press release said. All fans can request free tickets online from 12 noon in the DFB ticket shop, subject to known reservations.
Purely sporty, Löw called the friendship match against Turkey questionable, as the already sensitive load management is now even more complicated due to the competition calendar with three matches in seven days. The 60-year-old has already made it clear that his demands apply “especially to the two games in the Nations League”. That is why he gave up five Munich players around captain Manuel Neuer and two Leipzig professionals on Wednesday and sent a B-team into the race against Turkey. Toni Kroos will also arrive on Tuesday. The use of the Real Madrid star is already at great risk due to a muscle injury.
The sports management is in constant contact with the clubs to prevent new disharmony in view of the many question marks surrounding the international matches. “We understand that people think about things in the clubs”, Löw noted, but also referred to his interests: “As a national coach, I see not only the perspective of the clubs, but also that of the players and especially our own goals. national team must be at its peak during next summer’s EURO. We must be in top form – mentally and physically. “
The DFB’s head coach quickly classified the Turkey game as a “welcome opportunity” to “test and try a few things”. Jonas Hofmann from Gladbach showed himself motivated by his first A-Team invitation in his Gladbachers’ 3-1 victory in Cologne with two goal preparations over the weekend. The second newcomer, Mahmoud Dahoud, did not appear at all in Dortmund’s 4-0 victory over Freiburg.
Other candidates for Wednesday’s game, such as BVB professionals Julian Brandt and Nico Schulz or Benjamin Henrichs from Leipzig, were only allowed to play in the Bundesliga as substitutes. The Schalke Suat Serdar had to leave the 0: 4 Schalke at RB Leipzig with a thigh injury and is out of the DFB team. This means that Low still has 28 players in the roster.
The national coach only wants to determine the 23-member delegation that will start the trip to the corona risk area of Kiev on Friday. “We will again take all measures carefully to keep the risk of contamination as low as possible”, Löw emphasizes. In any case, the national team does not have to fear quarantine measures later after the Ukrainian trip. North Rhine-Westphalia has already assured the DFB of this if the extensive corona test series only yields negative results.