In their last game last June, Germany (No. 11) crushed a resurgent Italy 5-2 and finally showed their teeth. The score was 5-0 at 69′. Unbeaten in 13 matches (9-4-0) since Hanzi Flick took over.
He will face the two games against Hungary and England very seriously, as the goal is to qualify for the Final4. Also, these two matches are essentially the dress rehearsal for the World Cup.
The team prepared near Frankfurt. Not everything went smoothly as two players tested positive for the coronavirus and a third showed symptoms of the virus. There is a dispersal concern, but it seems that the pessimistic scenario will be avoided.
Hanji Flick, speaking ahead of the match against Hungary, welcomed FIFA’s decision to allow 26-player missions this year, as there is always the risk of decimation due to the coronavirus.
Regarding the challenge of the Nations League, Flick said that “it is up to us to finish first” and spoke in the best words about Hungary: “Rossi is doing a very good job. Hungary is a team that leaves no room for the opponent.”
Statements were also made by the sports director of the national team, Oliver Birkhoff, setting the bar very high for the Manshaft in the upcoming Mundia. “Our goal in the World Cup is to reach the final. The first statement will come with qualification to the Final4 of the Nations League.”
Bayern aces Neuer and Goretzka out due to Covid. Attacking midfielder Brandt has also been ruled out due to a virus. Goalkeeper Bowman and midfielder Arnold were called in their places. Heinrichs took the place of the injured Reus (Dortmund).
Goossens, Ginder and Ter Stegen return to the team. Forward Adejemi and stopper Hummels, both from Dortmund, were left out. Stopper Bela-Kotsap is called up for the first time.
GOALKEEPERS: Oliver Baumann (Hoffenheim), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona).
DEFENDERS: Antonio Rudiger (Real), Niklas Zille (Dortmund), Thilo Kerer (West Ham), Benjamin Henrichs (Leipzig), David Raum (Leipzig), Matthias Ginder (Freiburg), Robin Goossens (Inter), Nico Schlotterbeck (Dortmund), Armel Bela-Kotsap (Southampton).
AVERAGE: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Maximilian Arnold (Wolfsburg), Thomas Miller (Bayern), Jamal Musiala (Bayern), Jonas Hoffmann (Glandbach), Leroy Sane (Bayern).
AGGRESSIVE: Kai Havertz (Chelsea), Timo Werner (Leipzig), Lucas Enmezza (Wolfsburg), Serge Gnabry (Bayern).
POSSIBLE 11TH (4-2-3-1): Ter Stegen – Hoffmann, Gilles, Rudiger, Raum – Gudogan, Kimmich – Havertz, Miller, Sane – Werner.
Ter Stegen will fill the void of Neuer in the ace and Gundogan that of Goretzka in the midfielders. In the stoppers Gilles and Sloterbeck are claiming a place. Logically, the in-form Musiala will start from the bench as he received a knock in training from Miller. Hoffman, who plays as a winger in Gladbach, continues as a right back in the national team.
7-2-1 Germany’s home record in the last 10 matches.
Since 1994, Germany’s record against Hungary is 3-3-1 regardless of home.
In the last Euro Germany drew 2-2 with Hungary in Munich with Goretzka equalizing in the 84th minute.