Updated on 10th November 2019, 10:30 pm
In qualifying final spurt for the European Championship 2020 coach Joachim Loew prepare three failures. Especially on the defensive continues to be the largest imbalance. Does it still make sense to stick to the makeover of the DFB-Elf?
Joachim Loew threatens again a big wave of rejection. After the annoying, but just to be missed failure of offensive swirly Marco Reus, the national coach had to adjust to a renunciation of Leverkusen's young star Kai Havertz. In the creative field, the 59-year-old is missing two important players in the final sprint for the European Championship ticket.
Even in Wolfsburg tribune guest Löw informed on Sunday about the health of the 20-year-old Havertz, who had to be replaced with a thigh injury. The statement by Bayer sporting director Rudi Völler gave him little hope: "I can not imagine at the moment that it makes sense to go to the national team." An MRI on Monday should clarify the severity of the injury to Havertz.
Löw is holding on to redesign plans
The equally thick question mark behind Niklas Stark illustrates the great Löw dilemma before the international match in the upheaval of 2019. The very likely failure of the Berliner after his nose fracture would be the number of trained center-back for the last games of the year against Belarus next Saturday in Mönchengladbach and three days later against Northern Ireland in Frankfurt reduce to only three players, including the young Friborg Robin Koch.
Loew has long become a pragmatist in the face of defensive problems and even risked a continuation of the public debate smoldering for months for a spectacular return of Mats Hummels into the European Championship year 2020. Instead of a power word Löw also washed before the meeting of his after the Reus cancellation now reduced to 23 players squad on Tuesday in Dusseldorf for a clear direction decision in the defense question. He sticks to his rebuilding plans, for the time being.
"In general, we give the players who are now there, our full confidence, they are our attention," Low was quoted in a DFB press release, a little later in a video interview of the Association, this confidence at least temporally limited: "The big The goal is to be able to send a powerful team to the pitch at the European Championships, and you have to see that in which constellation we can not yet conclusively judge and say. "
Defensive problems are intensifying
Without mentioning the name of the hummel he sorted out in March, Löw keeps all options open. As a grandstand guest in a smart coat and beige rolli at the top match in Munich, the coach could see on Saturday evening a dedicated, but in the BVB drama ultimately hapless own-goal shooter Hummels.
As of today, his first central defensive options are called Matthias Ginter and Jonathan Tah – both survived their Sunday games without noticeable injuries. Against Belarus and Northern Ireland, although the initially suspended Emre Can is again available as a substitute defender, Löw can enter this personal risk. For an EM tournament these alternatives do not suffice – as Löw knows. Especially not if he wants to keep a triple chain as a tactic option open.
The national coach is hoping for a recovery of the long-term injured Niklas Süle (cruciate ligament rupture) and Antonio Rüdiger (muscular problems after knee injury). This duo he had in mind as a perspective player when he scrapped in March Hummels and Jérôme Boateng. Together they played 2019 only at the auspicious 3: 2 in the Netherlands shortly after the resignation of the former world champions.
Meanwhile, even the likely failure of Stark brings an imbalance in Löw's plans, although the Berliner waits for five nominations on his first international time. The 24-year-old had suffered a broken nose on Saturday in the Bundesliga game by Hertha BSC against RB Leipzig (2: 4). On Sunday, according to statements by Hertha coach Ante Covic, the nose was turned in the hospital. "Exit open," Covic told Stark's DFB travel plans.
Despite the failure of Reus Löw renounced initially on a Nachnominierung. Whether a final Havertz cancellation would change this was initially unclear. In Ilkay Gündogan or Leon Goretzka, options are available for the central position. In the internationals in October against Argentina (2: 2) and Estonia (3: 0), the national coach had already received numerous cancellations.
Reus had come in on Saturday in the 61st minute for Mario Götze, despite his ankle pain. On Sunday followed the cancellation to Löw. He will "work in Dortmund with the medical department of BVB on his recovery," said the BVB. (Sg / dpa)
Without the Mats Hummels screened out in March 2019 together with Thomas Müller and Jerome Boateng, coach Joachim Löw will go into the final two qualifying matches of the German national team for the European Championship 2020.
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