Höwedes also changed for WM 2018
Benedikt Höwedes certainly had several good reasons for joining Juventus Turin. However, the World Cup next year was also decisive in the end. Benedikt Höwedes’ move from Schalke 04 to Juventus Turin was certainly due to several good reasons. But one of the decisive reasons for this was a phone call from Joachim Löw to the German national team. When national coach Höwedes announced that he is not in the German squad for the two qualifying matches against the Czech Republic and Norway, his alarm bells rang out as Löw made it clear to the national players during the international match break that the preparation for the 2018 World Cup in Russia is already beginning:”In the end, every player knows that the players have to be in top form – and have to play regularly. Not all the time, but he’s supposed to have practice. That’s why every player is looking at it,”added Manager Oliver Bierhoff,” and that’s exactly where Höwedes, whose goal is to participate in next year’s World Cup: The defending player was also worried about his regular place as an S04 captain after the degradation, and thus about important operating times. However, Höwedes has no guarantee of a regular place in the club: there is no way around central defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Daniele Rugani – and even if there is, Andrea Barzagli and Medhi Benatia will also make claims alongside Höwedes. Stephan Lichtsteiner is an integral part of the right wing of the defence squad, while Alex Sandro and newcomer Mattia De Sciglio are two more direct rivals on the left, but even without the problem of time to play, it will be difficult enough to secure a place in the WRC squad. As Löw emphasised several times in the meantime, the selection of top players is greater than ever before in his era as national coach, and Höwedes first changed to the Italian championship on loan for this season. At the end of the season, there is an option to buy which becomes mandatory (replacement: 13 million euros) if the player competes in more than 25 seasonal matches.