Without Müller! With Özil and Goretzka: Löw remains consistent
With Sami Khedira, Mesut Özil, Leon Goretzka – but without Thomas Müller: At first glance, the German starting team against South Korea may seem like a role backwards by Joachim Löw. But the national coach continues the path he has taken against Sweden by taking out the ever-player Müller. kicker editor Matthias Dersch comments on the starting line-up for the DFB selection.
A total of five players have replaced Löw for the third and decisive group game on Wednesday. Two of them – the injured Sebastian Rudy (nasal fracture) and the yellow-red-locked Jerome Boateng – forced, three others voluntarily: The 58-year-old expects from Niklas Süle a well-rehearsed defensive alliance with his club mate Mats Hummels, who has cured his cervical spine complaints. Khedira returns to the starting line to ensure defensive stability.
Like Özil, the 2014 World Champion will have another chance to prove himself. This is consistent in view of the good training reaction that Löw observed in both players after their non-consideration against Sweden. However, the two veterans will now have to prove that they have earned this chance. They will have to increase significantly compared to their performance against Mexico.
Müller always plays? Not under Lion
It is also logical that Löw deviates from the maxim once formulated by Louis van Gaal that a Thomas Müller must always play. In Russia and South Tyrol, the Munich native has so far embodied the palpable Bavarian blues that had been played by all of the record champion’s professionals after the unfortunate Champions League final against Real Madrid and the lost cup final against Frankfurt – with the exception of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Nevertheless, the national coach called him twice to the starting line, both times Müller remained unlucky and unprofitable. In game number three Leon Goretzka now gets the order to revive the right offensive side.
The “Noch-Schalker” has not yet been used at this World Cup. Which prompted a reporter at one of the many DFB press conferences to exaggerate the question whether the last year’s Confed Cup winner was still present at all. Yes, he is. He can now prove in what condition he is. This question cannot be answered seriously in advance; too few insights are provided by the 15 minutes of watching the training sessions given by the DFB to media representatives in Russia.
It’s just surprising why Julian Brandt – an asset against both Mexico and Sweden after his substitutions – is once again sitting on the bench. Well, I think the answer is: The Leverkusen man is the perfect joker. If the DFB needs an impulse from the bank in the second half, Brandt can give it.