After today’s final training session, joachim low must make a decision. Who will the national coach send into the penultimate european championship qualifying match against the club leader belarus on saturday in monchengladbach?? Nine players missing again.
"The coaches have always found a creative solution," noted national team director oliver bierhoff. Low wants to explain again today at the DFB press conference how he wants to secure the points still needed for the direct ticket to the european championships with his team.
"Especially in the national team it’s extreme," werner said about the continuing high rate of absenteeism, although some returnees like real madrid star toni kroos or gladbach’s former world champion matthias ginter are available again. But with a view to the 2020 european championship, werner from leipzig doesn’t see that as a problem: "the entire bundesliga is full of good senior players." In addition, there were various german professionals abroad. "We’ve always had good replacements," noted the 23-year-old attacker.
"It’s a bit of a disadvantage that a large part of the well-rehearsed team is not there," werner nevertheless remarked: "we have to get together as quickly as possible. I think there is no problem."Veteran toni kroos (29) is expected to dictate the rhythm and direction of the team, noted dfb director oliver bierhoff.
In october, the native of greifswald had been absent from the national team after rough strains. "He did a huge workload with real madrid and hardly had any breaks," bierhoff said. Kroos is firmly anchored in low’s EM plans. "He said he liked to help drive the fresh start. We don’t need to discuss his playmaking and technical qualities," said national team director bierhoff about the spanish player of choice.
At final training, low will once again fine-tune defensive work. Niklas sule, antonio rudiger and thilo kehrer missing long-term. Marcel halstenberg from leipzig is also injured. Of the defensive players nominated, leverkusen’s jonathan tah (muscular problems) and hertha defender niklas stark (fractured nose bone) also had to cope with health problems during the preparation in dusseldorf.
Due to the direct qualification of england and france for the european championships, the german national soccer team has already secured at least one place in the playoffs in march 2020 before its last two elimination matches. If, contrary to all expectations, low’s team falls to third place in group C after the games against russia on saturday in monchengladbach and against northern ireland on tuesday in frankfurt, they will be allowed to enter the knockout phase.O.-start national league relay A play for a european championship place next spring.
Germany was only eleventh in the ranking of the new competition as a sporting relegated team from the A-league in 2018. The playoffs will be contested by the four best teams from each league that have not yet secured a european championship ticket in the normal qualifying round.
After spain, italy, belgium and poland, france and england also secured their european championship starting rights on thursday. With the netherlands, at least seven of the ten teams ranked ahead of germany were already certain to make it to the european championships.
Portugal, switzerland and croatia – like the german team itself – are also well on the way to the european championships. So far, only iceland, which now also has the best chance of a playoff spot, has definitely failed to qualify from the A-league.
If, as expected, fewer than four teams in a league do not have a ticket to the european championships, teams from lower national leagues will be allowed to participate in the playoffs. This also gives northern ireland a realistic playoff chance, even though the brits finished the nations league in twelfth and last place in league B. As group winners in league D, belarus has secured a playoff place in the second round of the weakest team.O.-round of the weakest teams anyway.