Defensive gallows humor at the German Football Association (DFB): It's just a matter of urgency Joshua Kimmich

              Thursday, November 14, 2019
                By Tobias Nordmann

              In the German national football team continue to weaken the immune system. Next to the badly injured Niklas Süle still missing Antonio Rüdiger. Jonathan Tah and Niklas Stark have injured two more central defenders. What now?
              You really have no idea. A victory in the penultimate qualifier and then the EM ticket is definitely safe booked? Yes? No? Maybe? Neither the Leipzig international soccer player Timo Werner nor Bayern Joshua Kimmich were so sure. They wanted to inquire again. After all, it would be good to know. Even if that of course has no influence on the game against Belarus on Saturday evening in Mönchengladbach (from 20.45 clock on RTL and Liveticker After all, they want to win both the game and the annual accounts on Tuesday in Frankfurt against Northern Ireland (also from 20.45 clock in Liveticker and also at RTL). Whom Werner and Kimmich want to ask, they did not say that at the DFB press conference at noon in Dusseldorf. A good contact person would be Joachim Loew. As a national coach, he should know the starting position well. By the way, that's not that complicated. If Germany wins and at the same time do not lose the Netherlands to Northern Ireland then the thing is through. What good news for the DFB team would be. If Werner and Kimmich but really make sure again with Löw, then you can also ask the same who is the central defense. At least in terms of personnel, that is currently the largest construction site in the national team. Chief of Defense Niklas Süle falls out with his cruciate ligament tear for a long time. He threatens to miss the European Championship. According to "kicker" one has advised the 24-year-old at Bayern "urgent" not to rush the comeback. Guardiola? "Of course I would not fight back" Still not fit or injured again is Antonio Rüdiger. Also a man who could take on a role as a regular in the center-back next year. Again, there was a problem with the player of Chelsea. He has already undergone surgery. The Leverkusen player Jonathan Tah and Niklas Stark from Hertha BSC are beaten, but at least they are. You have already trained. So who stays? Mönchengladbach world champion Matthias Ginter, of course. Or Freiburg's young debutant Robin Koch. Even a transfer of the Leipzig Lukas Klostermann would be possible. "Everyone who is there has the quality for the starting eleven and we will undoubtedly find at least two fit and good players for the starting position," says Kimmich. And if need be, he does it himself. Can he yes. Did he eventually under Josep Guardiola at Bayern learned. That this might now return to Munich, so is a rumor of "Sport Bild", Kimmich at least once a very likeable idea. "I owe him a lot, he let me play as a second division player in the Champions League and Bundesliga, we got the double and then I became a national player, so of course I would not fight back." But that was a decision that the club has to make. "I do not know how realistic this is or what Bayern München's plan with Hansi Flick looks like, first you had the feeling that after the winter break a new coach is coming – now we both won games, now you hear that it's up to go to winter or summer. " If he has already betrayed too much there is not much to betray on opponents Belarus. The footballing is certainly not the best team, it's more physical. A little more robust. This is how Werner analyzes. So it fits quite well that Löw has made the hardness as the next big thing for the development of the DFB team. "We in the national team also have to work to bring physical robustness into play, we have acted at a high level for many years and have solved many things in a playful way, but internationally it is not just high-speed, but especially in the Struggle incredible robustness, "Löw had said at the team's meeting. He continues the much debated debate in the Bundesliga in the DFB-selection: "If I score two goals, I will not say no", the first leg against the Belarusians, as Werner remembers, was hard work. With 2: 0 prevailed the DFB team in Baryssau. The goals were scored by Leroy Sané and Marco Reus. Timo Werner was not used. That this will change when we meet again seems very likely. Too good is the Leipzig currently in shape. He has scored eleven goals in eleven league games. "He has a sensational run at the moment, but I also find it very remarkable how many goals he prepares for, which is almost uncharacteristic for a striker," Kimmich says. "But he can help each team enormously." Meanwhile, Werner is very relaxed with his strong form. "It's going so fast and it's not as easy as it looks like, nor is it that you're having a crisis, you can not get your head, it'll be easier." Gladly also against Belarus. "If I score two goals, of course, I will not say no." And probably it would have worked with the EM ticket.

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