Nations Legaue – Löw’s Basel change plan: pause for exhausted players

Basel (dpa) – On the short charter flight from Stuttgart and during the final practice in Basel, Joachim Löw will ask his players again.

By the time the second Nations League game against Switzerland starts on Sunday (8.45 p.m. / ZDF), the national team manager must figure out “who feels he can be in full control,” as the 60-year-old said himself. to the starting eleven in St. Jakob-Park. Even for experienced professionals, the situation is not easy, the Dortmund professional Emre Can emphasized: “No one has ever experienced such a situation, some come straight from vacation, others had less preparation.”

Against the Swiss with their big Bundesliga faction in the squad, Löw faces the same problem as in the last draw against Spain. With a win, he would like to create a positive atmosphere in the difficult European Championship season. At the same time, however, he has an eye for the workload of his staff and therefore sets the priority: “Victories are good in the Nations League, but not the most important.” Switzerland, an international opponent for the 53rd time and therefore the most frequent DFB opponent since 1908, is already under a certain pressure after the most recent 1: 2 in the Nations League in Ukraine.

On the day of the move, Low has to wait and see how players like Leroy Sané or Niklas Süle from Munich will fare after the intense match against the Spaniards. Both were in rehab for a long time after torn cruciate ligaments, but Champions League winner Süle already had match training at the final tournament. Right back Thilo Kehrer was also heavily charged with Paris Saint-Germain during the premier league tournament. He could also pause. As an alternative to defense, Löw has Matthias Ginter (Mönchengladbach), Robin Koch (Leeds United) and Jonathan Tah (Leverkusen) in the squad in Basel.

In the offensive department, Julian Brandt is the first candidate to replace him after the departure of Kai Havertz, who can complete his transfer to Chelsea in London. Luca Waldschmidt, who moved from SC Freiburg to Benfica Lisbon this summer, also sees opportunities. Low also wants to talk to the players, “who don’t have such a long training rhythm, you could see they were relatively exhausted at this point and definitely over the limit”.

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