It is the international rest period, meaning that Bayern Munich The men’s team did not participate this week, the Germany team led by Hansi Flick. They have finished the group stage of the Nations League with their last two matches, starting on Friday against group leaders Hungary, in what will also serve as a tuning for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Germany are currently second in the group, having fought a string of 1-1 draws in June (sound familiar?) before crushing Italy 5-2 in their last game of the summer. Meanwhile, Hungary beat the mighty England twice – 1-0 on June 4th and 4-0 on June 14th. The Germans will face England on Monday.
Flick’s side has been hit with a harsh reminder that the COVID-19 pandemic is still very much there, with Manuel Neuer and Leon Goretzka having to withdraw from the team after positive tests, along with… Borussia DortmundJulian Brant – from He is also sick But it hasn’t tested positive, so it may be something else.
Lukas Klostermann of RB Leipzig, who made his case as a right-back in the national team squad in June, separately injured.
Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann and Wolfsburg midfielder Maximilian Arnold have been called up in lieu of late withdrawals, although given the World Cup preparations it is unlikely that players more aggressively outside of first choice will see significant action.
Hopefully this will be the last of the COVID cases of Currently, but it is another shot across the arc from the rapidly developing virus, and the German federation must step up its mitigation plans to prevent chaos in the tournament. Key players on the women’s team, Clara Ball and Leah Schuller, both tested positive and missed key matches during the match. Euro 2022.
So what would the team selection look like? flick Tactics came into focus In the Four Nations League matches in June, he will likely stay close to Plan A for those two. However, he will also need to consider season requirements to avoid overworking his top players (cough, Thomas Muller) before the tournament starts. There isn’t much break between Friday and Monday, so Flick will have to choose carefully who offers more in which game.
As Kimmich points out here, the tactical demands will be different:
️ Kimmich in #gerhun: “Hungary are tricky opponents. I’ve rarely played against a team that is as disciplined defensively as they are. We will need to show our creativity to create chances and we need to ensure we take advantage of them.” pic.twitter.com/6GAPBEHfLo
– Germany (DFB_Team_EN) September 20 2022
Probably the player most in need of a break – Joshua Kimmich – is someone who doesn’t even dare off the bench, and the sudden agility in midfield makes it even more difficult to do.
Here is what his eleventh formation against Hungary could look like:
Alternatives: Schlotterbeck (who has not had the best campaigns yet) at CB, Hofmann at RW, Havertz for Werner. I think Mueller is resting and coming back along with Sani and Musiala’s most convincing England, along with Hoffmann and Havertz.
Here’s what the people at Kicker think:
Personally, I see the pairing of full-back Raum-Hoffmann as fantastically unlikely. Both are very attacking players and Flick showed his preference for a single defensive back in June. Although Flick may decide that his super attack lineup is the change he needs to solve for a compact defense.
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