Basel (dpa) – Jogi Löw and his team finally want to remove the curse of the Nations League in the “Joggeli”. However, the national coach also has to live in Basel with compromises against Switzerland, which are largely the result of the consequences of the corona pandemic.
Because of the season’s unusual design and after the national football team’s playful victory against Spain, Joachim Löw asked many questions that the 60-year-old himself asked: “How do we start? How can we make the changes? And where is the risk of this? an Injury to one or the other player who hasn’t played in a long time? You have to be careful. “
After a total of five unsuccessful attempts to win a match in the controversial Nations League competition, Löw knows despite all the necessary considerations for the load on his staff: “ On the other hand, we need a good result and a good one against Switzerland. good game. “In St. Jakob-Park, popularly known as” Joggeli “in Basel, Löw has already gained several experiences. Against Switzerland there was a 3: 5, but also a 4: 0. And in the quarter-finals of the EM in 2008 he had to watch the 3-2 draw against Portugal after a UEFA ban from a box.
By the time the second international match of the season kicks off on Sunday (8.45 pm / ZDF), the national coach must find out “who feels able to be in control”, he formulated the requirement for the starting eleven himself. The situation is not easy even for experienced professionals, emphasized Emre Can from Dortmund: “No one has ever experienced such a situation, some come straight from vacation, others had less preparation.”
A win should also create a positive mood towards the EM 2021. At the same time, Löw continues to keep an eye on the extremely short competition calendar and 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.
Low must decide whether to leave Leroy Sané or Niklas Süle from Munich on the bench for the time being. Both had long been in rehab after a cruciate ligament rupture. Champions League winner Süle has already gained match training at the final tournament, new Bayer Sané got off to a cold start. Right back Thilo Kehrer was 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 attacking division, Dortmund player Julian Brandt is the first candidate to replace him after the departure of Kai Havertz, who completed his move to Chelsea in London on Friday. Luca Waldschmidt, who moved from SC Freiburg to Benfica Lisbon this summer, also sees opportunities. Arsenal’s Bernd Leno is hoping for a spot in goal after Frankfurt’s Kevin Trapp represented missing captain Manuel Neuer well against Spain.
Löw wants to see the positives of the game in Spain again from his decimated team – he has given a total of four Munich Champions League winners and two Leipzig semi-finalists a break. But he also tackled the shortages: “Of course we wanted to break free, a team must learn to have possession of the ball, get the opponent going again, put a few poison arrows.”
Another problem is maintaining a lead despite the pressure. “There have been different situations in different games”, the national coach commented: “We led 1-0, there were two or three very good chances. A well-rehearsed and experienced team makes it 2-0. There it is then. The opponent is also dead, of course. We will not do it. “
In 2019, the Löw team even gambled a 2-0 lead against Argentina in the final stages – the game ended 2-2. Shortly before, in the 2: 4 against the Netherlands after a 2: 2 intermediate result, there were two goals against in the last ten minutes. “Those are the little things that make it. We have to learn until the last second to defend such a lead,” emphasized Löw.
The fact that the DFB jewel Havertz is missing in Basel is also a decision for Löw for the future. “He wants to start well at Chelsea. He is important to us, important for German football, but also important for Chelsea. So we cannot risk that he will be quarantined for two weeks in the beginning,” said the DFB- head coach. : “He could not play the first games, not train. That would be to his disadvantage.” And therefore also to the disadvantage of the national team.