Tolisso does it like Jorginho and Lizarazu
In the end, despite a disappointing World Cup for the club, FC Bayern had reason to rejoice: after Jorginho in 1994 with Brazil and the Frenchman Bixente Lizarazu in 1998, Corentin Tolisso became World Champion for the third time. A summary of the record champion dozen of Frank Linkesch…
The World Champion: Corentin Tolisso was the 12th, 13th man in the new World Champion. Not a regular, but still important and very useful to the team. Tolisso has played five times; twice in the starting line, three times as Joker, including in the final.
The unlucky one: Still top scorer in 2014, James couldn’t do what he wanted. The calf was a big problem, the Colombian had to mourn in the stands for his defeat against England in the round of 16. In the only 90-minute bet, James shone with two assists in a 3-0 win over Poland.
The inconspicuous one: Thiago only had a supporting role in Spain’s star-studded squad. Only in the last group match against Morocco was the midfielder in the starting line and remained pale. In their opening match against Portugal, the 20-minute joker, when they lost against Russia.
The Torsless One: For the first time since 1990, no Bavarian player met at a World Cup. One reason: Robert Lewandowski got nothing. Poland disappointed overall, also the goal scorer was rated three times only with the grade 4. Noticed only after the qualifying knockout when he criticized his teammates. However: He really lacked good helpers.
The comebacker: Last on the ball in the Bundesliga in September, Manuel Neuer returned to the limelight at the World Cup. Against Mexico powerless, against Sweden good, against South Korea he set the inglorious final point, when he lost the ball far in the opponent’s half (!) and Heung-Min Son could hit into the orphaned German goal.
The Seeker: Form, goals, templates, luck in the game: Thomas Müller looked for all this at this World Cup and found none of it. Apart from a short high after Jupp Heynckes’ trainer comeback, the miller has not been the miller of the years since 2016. Two five goals at world championships, now zero. He lost his regular place before his last match against South Korea.
The bad luck: Mats Hummels came out too far against Mexico in front of the goal, he missed against Sweden, against South Korea at the score of 0:0 he missed a big chance and with it his progress. Still one of the better Germans at this World Cup.
The powerless one: Jerome Boateng was only ready for action at the last minute. He didn’t seem really fit. Against Sweden, he cashed after a stupid foul yellow-red, due to the ban it was his last action in the tournament. One of only four expulsions at this World Cup.
The Lehrgeldzahler: Lahm’s successor Joshua Kimmich is regarded as the great hope of German football, and rightly so. Against Mexico, however, he was much too aggressive, leaving the opponent far too much space on his side. Flanked steadily, almost none found a taker. Paid a lot of tuition overall.
The hope for the future: Hummels and Boateng were the top dogs. Only against South Korea did Niklas Süle’s hour strike. He could not prevent the embarrassing 2-0, but was largely blameless and is a face of reconstruction.
The hanger: In the third group game Leon Goretzka was allowed to play for the first time. Previously, Joachim Löw bet on others in central midfield. Against the Asians on the right wing incorrectly inserted and replaced.
The short-time worker: After his opening defeat against Mexico, Löw surprisingly brought Sebastian Rudy against Sweden. He did well in defensive midfield – until he broke his nose after just under half an hour. The World Cup out.