Basel (dpa) – The next international match for the German national team is also far from normal football. No fans are allowed in the Basel stadium. The special season schedule creates an unusual burden for the players around interim captain Toni Kroos.
The national coach wants to take this into account on Sunday (8.45 p.m. / ZDF) in the Nations League match against Switzerland. That’s why Joachim Löw emphasized: “Of course you want to win, that’s always a topic. But I don’t want to put that too high.”
SITUATION: The Swiss lost 2-1 at the start of the second season of the Nations League in Ukraine. Nevertheless, Löw sees the opponent as a real touchstone for his team, which was reconstituted after the abandonment of four Munich Champions League winners and two Leipzig semi-finalists. The Spaniards’ late equalization to 1: 1 in the first international match after a nearly ten-month Corona hiatus still disturbs the DFB head coach and his staff. “It is clear that every coach and every player wants to win every game. It would be nonsense to say that we would not have liked to take the three points against Spain,” said Löw.
STAFF: All players who have traveled to Basel can be deployed. Kai Havertz is gone. Loew had him out so he could complete his move to Chelsea. “According to the doctors, all players are ready for action,” the DFB head coach announced on Saturday before the secret final practice. The goal against the Swiss will be the former Leverkusen Bernd Leno. The Arsenal goalkeeper replaces captain Manuel Neuer and the second goalkeeper, Marc-André ter Stegen. Kevin Trapp from Frankfurt had convinced against Spain. One or two changes from the last game in the first team are probably possible – but Low will hardly change.
EXCEPTION: Leroy Sané, who played against Spain again after a year break in international matches, can decide for himself about his performance in Basel. “He has not suffered any muscle injuries,” announced Loew. But the Munich man will “need a few more games” after surviving his cruciate ligament fracture to be back in top form. 24-year-old Sané sees herself ready: “I have recovered well.” Low, however, wants to wait and see how the Bayern forward and other players endured the last training.
GHOST PLAY: The game in St. Jakob-Park, popularly known as “Joggeli” in Basel, will take place again without spectators. The European Football Association UEFA has decided that in view of the corona pandemic, the matches will be played in empty arenas throughout Europe. “There is a little lack of feeling from the fans, you miss that,” said the new Munich-born Sané. At his ex-club Manchester City, the attacker had seen a few games on the bench. “That’s even stranger. You can hear everything. On the field you concentrate on the game and you don’t really notice it anymore,” added Sané.