Cologne (dpa) – With a somewhat nauseous feeling, the entourage of the German national football team travels to Kiev on Friday morning for the Nations League match against Ukraine.
National coach Joachim Löw wants to try to concentrate as much as possible on the sporting task with his team in the corona risk area on Saturday (8.45 p.m. / ARD), for the first time under the leadership of captain Manuel Neuer. In the seventh attempt, Löw wants to finally achieve the first Nations League victory in the national stadium of Ukraine with the DFB selection.
“We can only do what we did this week,” said Löw before leaving the Cologne district, where the players and coaches return on Sunday. After arriving in Kiev, there are only two places to stay – hotel and stadium.
Low described life with great limitations during the international competition week. “We adhere to the requirements and also strictly enforce that the players adhere to them: no visitors, masks in the hotel, meetings in small groups except the team meeting before the game. We are in our bubble, in which we move. “
The DFB wants to keep the trip to Ukraine as short as possible. From the charter flight, everything was organized in the best possible way. “In Ukraine we will act very carefully,” said DFB director Oliver Bierhoff. “We’ll do everything we can to be safe,” Loew said. But he also confessed, “You can never rule out anything, it’s just that.
Twenty field players and three goalkeepers are part of the tour group after Löw downsized his XXL squad by five after the 3: 3 in the friendly against Turkey. The corona virus also plays a major role in the opponent. “We have already noticed that some Ukrainian players have tested positive,” said Löw.
Without a number of protagonists, the team of coach Andrei Shevchenko lost 7-1 to world champions France on Wednesday evening in Paris. After the record defeat, Shevchenko is hoping for the return of six regular players of champion Shakhtar Donetsk. Ukraine is a home power and has been unbeaten in ten games (nine wins, one draw). Despite higher corona figures than in Germany, Mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klitschko, wants to admit thousands of spectators in the Olympic Stadium with 70,000 seats.