Cologne (dpa) – The regular group of players around captain Manuel Neuer and driver Joshua Kimmich will only arrive in Cologne when the last training for the difficult test match against Turkey is scheduled for the newcomers in the national team on Tuesday. “We need to look further and take the opportunity to gain more knowledge,” said Joachim Löw. The national coach turns the actually unpopular international match on Wednesday (8.45 p.m. / RTL) into a registration competition for higher football tasks.
“The national coach does not always focus on the next game, but works in perspective. The main goal is next year’s European Championship. Then the team must be completely up-to-date on tactical, physical and psychological level,” said Löw’s assistant Marcus Sorg . For example, the DFB head coach will test a raised formation running against the ambitious Turks during the practice unit, which runs in secret after 15 minutes.
The three players with no previous international minutes Mahmoud Dahoud (Dortmund), Jonas Hofmann and Florian Neuhaus (Mönchengladbach) have the same chance as players who have only gotten a few DFB appearances: Benjamin Henrichs (Leipzig / 3), Robin Koch (Leeds United / 3 ), Nadiem Amiri (Leverkusen / 3), Niklas Stark (Hertha / 1) and Luca Waldschmidt (Benfica Lisbon / 3). A single training session should be enough to implement at least some processes and consolidate tactical components. During the first training on Monday evening, a large group was missing for various reasons.
Sorg pointed to the dual strategy the DFB coaching team devised for the international three-act game against Turkey and in the Nations League in Ukraine on Saturday and again three days later in Cologne against Switzerland. “In a game like against Turkey, we can try certain things. We have to play the competitive games positively,” said Löw’s assistant coach.
In addition to Neuer and Kimmich, their Bayern colleagues Niklas Süle, Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry, the two Leipzigers Marcel Halstenberg and Lukas Klostermann, Antonio Rüdiger, who was released on the last day of the transfer window, and the ailing Toni Kroos on Tuesday for the point matches. from Real Madrid in Cologne. Löw also hopes for striker Timo Werner, who switched to Chelsea during the week. Due to a cold, the ex-Leipzig was initially unable to come to Cologne.