Will it be a great summer after all ?: Seven blasts for the good EM feeling

Düsseldorf –

Puff, puff, puff. What a wild goal blast at the end of the EM preparations. One day after the great U21 triumph, Jogi Löw’s troop also whetted the appetite for the tournament with a remarkable 7: 1 shooting festival. Opponents Latvia, 138th in the world rankings, had the highest level of sparring partner. But still this goal party aroused the desire for the European Championship on Monday evening. The German team can continue to Herzogenaurach on Tuesday (June 8th) with a good feeling.

  • Germany is shooting Latvia full
  • Victory in the last EM test in Düsseldorf
  • Joachim Löw has found his starting line-up for the tournament

Germany triumphed 7-1 in 2014 on the way to the World Cup against Brazil. And now another 7: 1 – a good omen? The opponent was too limited for that. In 2000, Germany won a dress rehearsal 8-2 against Liechtenstein under Erich Ribbeck. The subsequent disaster tournament is well known.

Eight days before the tournament kicked off against France, there was already a lot of EM feeling in this game. The starting XI, which was already revealed by EXPRESS in advance, was a real signal towards a duel with the world champion. Joachim Löw (61) has found his 3: 4: 3 formation. And above all, this one-sided evening sent out a good signal to the German fans: There is no reason to look pessimistic about the EM again after the 2018 World Cup fiasco. In this group, as the days in the training camp in Seefeld have shown, it’s true.

Returnees Thomas Müller: “The result wasn’t the most important thing today, but the way we wanted to play football. But of course we know that France is a different house number. “

The 1000 fans in Düsseldorf ended the months of silence in the stadiums with a little applause and a few chants. The EM tournament song “We are the people” by Bono echoed through the arena before the hymns. And against Latvia Löw had to delete three players from the squad for the first time – as will be necessary at the EM. Marcel Halstenberg and the ailing Lukas Klostermann Leon Goretzka were not on the score sheet in Düsseldorf.

In Innsbruck there was still Jogi’s boys on the slides, in Düsseldorf the motto was title hunter.


imago images / Matthias Koch

After two wild opening minutes and a subsequent 15-minute break, the German team turned on from the 19th minute. Especially handle pot hero Kai Havertz stroked the ball magically. The “young Poldi” Robin Gosens hissed off on the left, while Ilkay Gündogan and Toni Kroos pulled the strings in midfield. Latvia tried hard to defend their penalty area, but everything went too fast for the guests. If the ball runs quickly through the German ranks, it could be uncomfortable for some EM opponents.

Two female fans at the international match between Germany and Latvia.

Finally life in the stadium again. In Düsseldorf only 1000 spectators were allowed into the arena, but at least they created a little atmosphere.

Löw’s move to move Joshua Kimmich to the right-hand side worked perfectly. This measure frees up one more place for a quality player in the center. And Kimmich will certainly deliver a spectacular duel against Kylian Mbappé in the tournament opener against France next Tuesday. “He is of the format Philipp Lahm, who was able to play all positions from left to right,” said the national coach. If none of the eleven starting XI players injure themselves, nothing should change in the formation. Even if Löw still wants to be stupid: “It may well be that one or the other comes into the team”.

But after this happy shooting competition there are no arguments for change. The early change of six regular employees was also a signal to conserve strength after the exhausting training camp. The quality is high in the German team. It remains to be seen whether it will also be sufficient against the exceptional experts from France.

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