20 in 20 – under this motto 90min now presents the 20 determined participants of the European Championship 2020 weekly. This week it is the turn of the DFB team. That’s how “The Team” could play in the tournament.
After the 4-0 of the German national team against Belarus it was set in stone: the Jogi-Elf secured their ticket for the European Championship 2020! Also in their 13th European Championship “Die Mannschaft” is one of the favorites of the tournament – but how will German coach Joachim Löw set up his boys?
After Germany failed to defend the World Cup title in the summer of 2018 and reached the last place in the UEFA Nations League group in November, The team of Bundestrainer Löw has recovered surprisingly well in the qualifying group C of the European Championship 2020.
“The team” won seven of the eight group games, scoring a whopping 30 goals and allowing only seven goals on the defensive end. With a 6-1 shootout against Northern Ireland, the boys completed the qualification and drew the European Championship ticket as the top of the table ahead of the Netherlands.
The missing splash at the 2018 World Cup is finally visible again. The offense plays dynamically, resolutely and fastly. Just as the coach demands. The fact that these important attributes remain is likely to be ensured by the following eleven at the upcoming European Championship. The Germans face France in the first match on June 16.
The expected line-up of the national team:
Despite fierce competition from Barcelona’s Marc-André ter Stegen, Manuel Neuer remains number one between the posts. The captain of FC Bayern Munich and the national team is a decisive factor in the game. This is mainly due to its playful element. As soon as the defence is broken, the 33-year-old moves out of his box and clears the leather into the side.
Meanwhile, the offensive of the National Elf complements each other perfectly. Leroy Sané, Timo Werner and Serge Gnabry storm around Tener Kai Havertz. The offensive all-rounders are very variable and also swap positions during the game. The trio impressed in qualifying with 13 goals and two assists.
Neuer and Kroos as old bunnies
Manuel Neuer and Toni Kroos are the only players who were also in the starting eleven of the national team in the World Cup final victory against Argentina in 2014. The latter, together with Joshua Kimmich, is supposed to open the game and hold on to the double-six. In Munich, Kimmich now also plays on the six – with an outstanding pass rate of 91.4 percent.
Germany’s Alternative Elf
Germany have such a great depth of talent that Löw can set up an alternative eleven that could run for most of Europe’s top clubs. Löw can also screw on his formation as needed. The German coach was happy to play again in the 4-2-3-1, which has proven itself above all for a high ball possession.
Here’s what a second eleven of the national team might look like: