Germany has seen its performance dip in the past few major tournaments, but it has a chance to bounce back on Qatar’s biggest stage. The Germans suffered from the infamous ‘heroes curse’ at Russia 2018 Globalism Cup where they were knocked out in the group stage. They suffered horrific defeats to South Korea and Mexico to crash out of the tournament.
Looking at their recent performances at Euro 2022 and the UEFA Nations League, Germany have not been able to play to their full capacity. However, they have begun their transitional phase after Joachim Loew’s 15-year reign, and new manager Hansi Flick is desperate to bring another trophy to the cabinet.
Flick instilled a ruthless style in the German team that he developed at Bayern Munich during his tenure. He won the treble with a star-studded Bayern Munich side dominating Europe.
The 57-year-old quickly took over Germany and immediately instilled faith in the team. He didn’t waste much time with the team as he had already worked with some stars like Thomas Müller, Manuel Neuer and Joshua Kimmich during his time at Bayern Munich.
He was also Löw’s assistant during Germany’s World Cup winning team in 2014 as he played Football Mercy in Germany.
Die Mannschaft is still short of a world-class striker for the job in front of goal. Since the retirement of Miroslav Klose, Germany has struggled to find his successor.
An injury to Timo Werner has made them even more vulnerable in this department.
However, despite lacking a top-class striker and overseeing a rebuilding project in charge of Germany, Flick has only lost once of the 15 matches he has been in charge.
Flick has a winning mentality and has a team he can defend on big occasions.
Manuel Neuer, 36, remains an undisputed regular in Germany’s starting line-up, with world class goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen having to warm the Qatar bench at least in the preliminary matches.
Germany have strong centre-backs in Antonio Rudiger and Niklas Soeli and will be praying they don’t have any injury concerns as the others are inexperienced on the big stage. David Raum and Christian Guinter are expected to team up in the full-back role and it will be a great show for the two to show off their skills.
Flick has so many talents in his midfield that Joshua Kimmich is the only undisputed player in the division. The Bayern Munich star is perhaps the best positioned in the world at the moment. Ilkay Gundogan and Djamel Musiala should be the perfect choices to place in midfield. Gundogan provides a quiet presence in the team that can control and manage the game. While Musiala is one of the most exciting talents in the world, he’ll be eager to show everyone he’s meant for the big stage.
The great thing about the German side is that they have so many players that can be adjusted both in midfield and in the front line quite smoothly which makes Flick’s job a bit easy when he doesn’t have the best striker.
World Cup specialist Thomas Müller is expected to play the false number 9 in the starting line-up. The Bayern Munich star knows how to score goals in a tournament like this. While Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane are expected to run the show from the wings. Sane has just about everything a winger should have asked for – incredible pace and fantastic skills, but he hasn’t been able to explode on the big stage nonetheless, and Qatar is where Germany needs to find their best version.
Meanwhile, Flick has another freedom to get good depth in the squad with the likes of Karim Adeyemi, Julian Brandt, Kai Havertz and Leon Goretzka to name a few who can make an impact after coming off the bench.
Germany is drawn into a tough group as other European giants Spain are there to cause them problems. Flick’s first goal will be to top the group stage.
goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Captain) (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona/Spain), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt).
defense: Armel Bella Kochab (Southampton/England), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Christian Guenther (Freiburg), Thilo Kehrer (West Ham United/England), Lukas Klostermann (Leipzig), David Raum (Leipzig), Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid) . Madrid/Spain) Nico Schloterbeek (Borussia Dortmund) Niklas Sule (Borussia Dortmund)
Midfielders and forwards: Karim Adeyemi (Borussia Dortmund), Julian Brandt (Borussia Dortmund), Niklas Voelkrug (Werder Bremen), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Mario Gotze (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City / England ). ), Kai Havertz (Chelsea/England), Jonas Hoffmann (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Youssef Moukoko (Borussia Dortmund), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich ). ).
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