- Germany coach Joachim Löw will not play Jérôme Boateng for the potentially decisive international match against the Netherlands.
- Boateng speaks of a "good conversation" with the national coach. He wanted to work on his fitness in Munich.
- Loew also says he told Boateng that he has "alternatives in his position, especially with younger players."
It's been three weeks since FC Bayern invited to a press conference to berate its critics, but the spectacle continues to falter. On the one hand, because Uli Hoeneß now spoke at an event in Dresden about his possible retirement as president in a few years – and also admitted that the appearance of the Bavarian bosses had "a somewhat pathetic touch", because CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge unspoken quoted the Basic Law. On the other hand, a decision of the national coach Joachim Loew called on Friday a point in the memory, which had particularly excited Hoeneß and Rummenigge: that the performance of the defenders Mats Hummels and Jérôme Boateng had been referred to as "altherren football".
Boateng, 30, is not in the squad of the national team for the last international matches of the year against Russia and the Netherlands: "I told him that we also have many alternatives in his position, especially with younger players," said Löw. He now wants to "continue to work on my fitness in Munich", wrote Boateng in the social networks, so he was with Löw "after a very good and trusting conversation" remained. But it was immediately speculated that Boateng like Sami Khedira, 31, could fall victim to the generational change and only be a national player on call.
Boateng played for Germany last 0-3 in Amsterdam, the following 1: 2 in France he missed. For Bayern he has played ten out of 17 competitive games this season. Who watched him in the 2-0 against Athens on Wednesday, saw a player who seemed to struggle with his body, who hobbled often after duels, who still played precise diagonal passes and won head duels, but not as agile as before worked.
"This is a novelty, but that does not mean that he will not be back in the future," said coach Niko Kovac in the press conference before the match at Borussia Dortmund. The Bayern coach will possibly have to give up the ailing Arjen Robben there; Boateng he could use. But in the league Niklas Süle, 23, has been playing alongside one of the older two center-backs – and speed will certainly be useful on Saturday.
Whether the game is also crucial for his future, Kovac was asked again. "I feel no pressure," he said. Hoeneß, who had said Wednesday that Bayern is this time outsiders, said on Thursday way: "Dortmund plays amazingly well, but not as good as we could."