Leipzig (AP) – One team practice should be enough for Joachim Löw to prepare the German national football team as well as possible for the first of three international matches within seven days.
In the test match against the Czech Republic on Wednesday (8.45 p.m. / RTL) in the Leipzig arena, the result will not be in the foreground, unlike the subsequent Nations League matches against Ukraine and in the group final against Spain.
As in the 3: 3 against Turkey in October, Low wants to give a number of newcomers and inexperienced players a chance to recommend going forward. “We see matches like against Turkey or now also against the Czech Republic as a welcome test opportunity. Otherwise there are hardly any chances,” said Löw.
On Monday evening, only a small group of eight players around newcomer Felix Uduokhai from FC Augsburg were on the field for the first practice on the site of Bundesliga club RB Leipzig. Kevin Trapp worked very closely with national coach Andreas Köpke. It is quite possible that the 30-year-old Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper can play his fifth international match.
Regular goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, like some other highly stressed top players, will only arrive in Leipzig after the game in the Czech Republic. For this, other actors have to start their journey home again on Thursday. “I do not assume that we will remain 27 players until the end of the measure,” said DFB director Oliver Bierhoff, referring to the two games against Ukraine and Spain.
The DFB team can still win the group and thus qualify for the Final Four tournament in October 2021. The DFB selection enters the last games with six points second behind Spain (7 points). “We play to win,” Löw announced. But first they will experiment against the Czech Republic.