We continue with the analysis of the selections of the group of death: this time, Germany.
The German team comes from that absolute ridicule in the 2018 World Cup. The process of renewal of the squad could not be carried out in full, and it is that perhaps many Germans see this European Championship as the last step to fire the great Joachim Löw. Flick will come up with new ideas, and a breath of fresh air seems essential at this point.
Ter Stegen’s injury guarantees the ownership of Manuel Neuer. Rüdiger and Hummels will occupy the central zone of the rear. A year ago it seemed unthinkable to imagine this pair of centrals competing at the highest level. Hummels, in the worst moment of his career and Rüdiger as a last option at Chelsea. What things change from one year to the next.
The winger position is somewhat closer, and that is because both Klosterman, Ginter, Halstenberg and Emre Can have real options to occupy a place in the eleven. In 90min we opted for Can and Ginter. The big loser in midfield is Goretzka, but Kimmich, Kroos and Gundogan’s season makes it impossible to remove any of them from the lineup. It is the strong point of Germany, and if it wants to pass as first or second in the group it will have to show much superiority in this section of the pitch.
It seems that Timo Werner will start from the bench. Today those with the most ballots to form the trident are Gnabry, Havertz and Muller. Those of Bayern are fixed, and the level that Havertz shows against the French team will determine his continuity in the eleven.
It may not be the scariest Germany in history, but Germans can never be left for dead. You know what the saying goes: “Soccer is a sport where they play 11 against 11 and Germany always wins.”