Again, the DFB-Elf lost a victory shortly before time. But more important than the result should be the knowledge for the national coachThat there is also great potential in the second row. Three players stood out in particular.
“It would have taken a shot from Lukas. In the corner.” When the national coach was asked for an interview by RTL a few minutes after the final whistle, he could not resist uttering a strong sentence against his former striker and TV expert Lukas Podolski.
The national team again lost a lead on Wednesday-evening, three times in a 3: 3 win over Turkey. Again, as in September against Spain, she gave up a last minute victory that was considered safe. The DFB team, which fought without Bayern block, the Leipzig players, Toni Kroos and Timo Werner, is still without a win in the third match after the half time of Corona.
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The national coach was “disappointed and eaten,” he admitted afterwards. But he also stressed, “You can blame this team, which has never played together like this before. That’s happened to the other players too.”
In fact, three players made their international debut in the 183rd international match of the Low era. One was even allowed to run from the start – and he stood out positively. But two other actors showed their skills in the newly formed team and recommended themselves for higher tasks.
These three players were the bright spots in the game against Turkey
1. Robin Koch
On October 9, 2019, ex-Freiburg player Robin Koch made his international debut in a 2-2 draw against Argentina. Almost a year has passed since then, the national team took more than eight months off and Koch moved abroad to Leeds United.
Against Turkey, he was allowed to play again from the start – and in a meaningful role, just like with his debut a year ago. As the central man in the opening of the game and a fixed point of defense, Koch must lead the action from behind. And the 24-year-old succeeded.
Unlike his central defenders, colleagues Emre Can and Antonio Rüdiger, Koch convinced with a good overview, calm on the ball and – perhaps most importantly – courageous attacks on the offensive. As a driving force he fulfilled the role that Mats Hummels played in the national team for years with a lot of self-confidence.
Robin Koch played offensive and brave against Turkey. (Source: Team 2 / Image Images)
But the Leeds defender wasn’t the only one to stand out with massive appeal.
2. Florian Neuhaus
Gladbach’s Florian Neuhaus, who was first nominated in September, finally made his debut in the national dress against Turkey – and was even in the starting line-up. But Löw, who later welcomed the 109th and 110th debutants of his tenure with Jonas Hofmann and Mahmoud Dahoud, gave Neuhaus no easy task.
As the only truly defensive midfielder, Neuhaus should structure the game from sixth position. The 23-year-old not only accepted this task, he also filled it with life. Neuhaus demanded balls and tried to finish the goal, which the national coach also honored. Low not only clapped his hands strongly on the substitution, but also found words of praise after the game: “He made a good debut. He had a lot of good plays, especially when he scored, so he dived into the corner very nicely.”
Successful debut: Florian Neuhaus (r.) Celebrates his goal to make it 2-1 with Kai Havertz. (Source: Federico Gambarini / dpa)
Neuhaus himself was troubled by the victory he had achieved. “If you take the lead three times and end up with only one draw, that’s not good. We need to sit down now, analyze and do better against Ukraine on Saturday,” he said looking ahead to the Nations League. .
According to Löw, the friendly against Turkey was also a “platform for young players who can prove themselves here”. He certainly meant one of his attackers.
3. Luca Waldschmidt
Like Koch, Waldschmidt has a Freiburg past. Like Koch, he changed clubs in the summer and ventured abroad (to Benfica Lisbon) and like Koch, Waldschmidt was one of the positives in the test against Turkey – but not only because of his first international goal in the fourth contest.
Waldschmidt had a difficult time in the beginning, had little connection with the match, even though he missed the first chance of the match in the early stages. After about fifteen minutes, Waldschmidt dropped more to get more game. And with success: the 24-year-old was more involved in the ball action around the Turkish penalty area, but failed in the 41st minute with the best chance of the first half so far against the brilliantly responsive keeper Günök.
In the second half it got even better when the combination duel with fellow humans Julian Brandt and Kai Havertz worked better. Waldschmidt had his shares in the game both in the beautiful combination for Neuhaus’ 2: 1 and in his supposedly victorious 3: 2. He noticeably revived the attacking game in the absence of Timo Werner, Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sané.
“Actually it was a good game for us, but we have to play it more consistently. It should not happen to us that we only end in a tie,” said Waldschmidt.
Gnabry and Werner questionable
On Saturday, the DFB team in Ukraine now has competitive game points. Even then, the national coach will probably not be able to fully draw, Timo Werner (flu-like infection), Serge Gnaby (cold) and Toni Kroos are doubtful.
Robin Koch, Florian Neuhaus and Luca Waldschmidt have in any case shown that they are serious alternatives. For the upcoming competitive games, but also for the EM next year. You took your chance.