Cologne (dpa) – The planned charm offensive with a free ticket campaign must be postponed by the DFB. A maximum of 300 spectators are allowed in the Cologne stadium due to the tense contamination situation during the international test of the German national team against Turkey in the evening (8.45 p.m. / RTL).
The association hopes to invite up to 9,200 fans to the 50,000-seat arena and create some atmosphere in the stands after the ghost matches in September were thwarted by the corona virus. “It’s a shame,” said DFB president Fritz Keller. The 63-year-old spoke of a “right decision” by those responsible in the city of Cologne. The fan campaign should now be moved to one of three home games by the end of the year.
GAME OBJECTIVE: Joachim Löw wants to use the first of three international matches within seven days to give second row players and the newcomers a chance on probation. For the national coach, the financially important test match for the DFB for the Nations League matches against Ukraine and Switzerland does not really fit into the schedule for the further development of the team towards the European Championship in 2021. He voluntarily relinquishes the entire Bayern block against the Turkish . And Löw asked the fans at home in front of the TV for some indulgence. “I can’t expect everything to work out after a workout.” Yet he wants to “take a positive approach”.
STAFF: The test kick with a joined team is primarily an individual application. “Games like this are there to see which players can bolster our starting XI in the future. They can grab attention,” said Löw. For example, Kai Havertz can prove that he is a gambler. Just like in 2017, Julian Draxler would have to precede an equally inexperienced DFB squad as captain when he won the Confederation Cup. With Julian Brandt, Löw continues to believe in the big breakthrough: “He has an incredible talent.” As with the last 1-1 draw in Switzerland, Bernd Leno can start in goal.
DEBUTANTS: Jonas Hofmann and Florian Neuhaus from Gladbach and Mahmoud Dahoud from Dortmund were able to prepare for their international debut on Tuesday evening during the last training session. Because Low said earlier in the press conference, “When I invite players, there is always a just hope for them that they will be used. I intend to do that too, we can make six changes.”
WEEKLY PLAN: Low wants to see progress in the three closely-timed international matches. “There are certain things we need to work on.” One problem is game controls. The DFB team repeatedly gambled away tours, most recently in September against Spain and Switzerland. “In the end we have to find out that we don’t have the results we want. Sometimes we give up control of the game. If we can do that in the future, we can beat any team,” said Löw. The 21-year-old Havertz desperately wants a victory over Turkey “so that he can enter the next games with a good feeling”.