New role for Kimmich, Sané out: Will Löw reveal his EM starting XI against Latvia?


Seefeld –

The EM countdown is on. The dress rehearsal against Latvia will take place in Düsseldorf on Monday (8.45 p.m., RTL). During the last training session before the flight to the Rhineland, Joachim Löw (61) let his alleged EM team run on Sunday (June 6th) in Seefeld. The formation that runs against the Latvians could also gain confidence at the start of the tournament against France (June 15).

  • Joachim Löw seems to have found his EM team
  • Test match in Düsseldorf against Latvia as a dress rehearsal
  • Joshua Kimmich with a new role in the German team

The most important personnel findings: The national coach probably solves a squad problem with one of his most versatile players: Joshua Kimmich (26).

Joachim Löw: EM-Elf crystallizes out

Since Lukas Klostermann (25) did not convince in the test against Denmark on the right side and was also unable to train on Sunday due to a bruise in his knee, Kimmich moves to the right in the four-man midfield, or as a right-back in the five-man chain.

Many experts had called for precisely this transfer. “Joshua is Germany’s best player in the back right. In addition, Löw creates space for another world-class player in midfield, ”agrees Cologne’s rescue trainer Friedhelm Funkel (67) with the national coach for this variant.

Toni Kroos (31) and Ilkay Gündogan (30) play in the center, Robin Gosens (26) continues to the left. “Joshua can play both positions. That is absolutely conceivable, ”says Löw, still cautious. “In midfield we need technically good players. But I haven’t talked to him about his role yet ”.

Another important finding: Leroy Sané (25) is initially threatened with a bank place against France. Because Löw wants to integrate Champions League hero Kai Havertz (21). He apparently storms on Monday with Thomas Müller (31) and Serge Gnabry (25).

Another Munich man who is out compared to the Danes test is called Niklas Süle (25). As expected, Chelsea professional Antonio Rüdiger (28) joins the three-man chain.

Understandably, Löw does not want to admit that yet. “Latvia plays a lot more defensively than France. The line-up is not the only clue for the France game. Of course, Monday is also about importing. But I also have to plan for changes in the game. We definitely don’t want to risk injuries. For me there are still two or three question marks in the line-up. You have to be a little careful with the players from England in particular, they have played a lot of games and have only been in training for three or four days. “

Therefore, the national coach also tested Gladbach’s Jonas Hofmann (28) several times in the right midfield. He could try his hand at there too.

Football EM: Jogi Löw calls for an aggressive start

The national coach cannot understand the debates about the right tactics. “We have to master two basic orders. After the kick-off, everything is flexible and dynamic anyway. We have to occupy the rooms well and make walking routes. It is therefore completely irrelevant whether we play a back three or four in a row. It is important that we start off intensively and aggressively. “

After the test against Latvia, the German team will move to the EM base in Herzogenaurach on Tuesday. There will then be six more training days to work on the final touches before the French hit.

“The training camp was intense and extensive. We have made a step forward, ”concluded Löw. “The preparation goes on for us. So far it was the one-time one, then it goes into detail. Especially for the offensive, we haven’t trained yet. It is clear that there can be sand in the gears again ”.

Germany without Leon Goretzka against France

It is now also clear that Bayern’s Leon Goretzka (26) will at least miss the France game. “He has not yet completed any team training and will definitely need a few more days. He has to grow through the tournament, ”says Löw.

Germany’s eleven for the Letten test: Neuer – Ginter, Hummels, Rüdiger – Kimmich, Kroos, Gündogan, Gosens – Havertz, Müller, Gnabry

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