DFB team: Löw and the delicate staff Thomas Müller

DFB team: Löw and the delicate staff Thomas Müller

DThis delicate situation is also totally new for Joachim Löw. At the end of the messed-up World Cup year, the record coach needs players with good nerves for the relegation battle. In his selection of personnel for the test against World Cup host Russia on November 15 in Leipzig (20:45 in the FAZ live ticker for international matches and RTL) and the relegation ending game in the Nations League four days later against the Netherlands in Gelsenkirchen (20:45 in the FAZ Liveticker to the Nations League and the ARD) Löw will continue his renewal course after the World Cup debacle probably only in metered form. There will be no radical changes on Friday when Löw announces his cadre for the financial statements.

"Logically, a descent in the Nations League is not necessarily desirable. We want to prevent that, "Loew said after the big October disappointment with the 0-3 in the first leg in Amsterdam against the Netherlands and the following 1: 2 in France, in which Löw with the turbo storm around Leroy Sané and Serge Gnabry forced Courage to change showed. Löw's conviction remains: "The young players have potential, but they need time."

As a returnee can plan the DFB head coach Ilkay Gündogan of Manchester City and BVB offensive man Marco Reus. Both were beaten in October. Bayern defender Jérome Boateng, who was in trouble with muscle problems in the Netherlands and then had to cancel for Paris, is also available again.

The personality Thomas Müller promises suspense. With two inserts, the Bayern professional could create the leap into the illustrious 100er club at the upcoming international match. But does Löw still rely on him? "Thomas Müller may not have been that way recently. But he is an impostor talking to the young players. Therefore, Thomas is still absolutely important, "said Löw after the Holland debacle and put Müller in France 88 minutes on the bench. Müller can not bet on a nostalgic bonus.

As a newcomer candidate is the Gladbacher Jonas Hoffmann. A returnee could be after a long injury break the Leipzig Marcel Halstenberg. In spite of this, Löw had consistently relinquished good performances on Augsburg left-back Philipp Max and trusted Hoffenheim's Nico Schulz. If it is bad for the DFB selection, the descent from the group of top nations could be sealed before the duel against Oranje. If Holland win against France on 16 November, Germany will definitely be last in Group 1 and would have to compete against Czech and Austrian teams at the next edition of the competition in 2020.


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