Friday , March 5 2021

National team: DFB threatens spectacle phase – even against the Netherlands

Leipzig –

National coach Joachim Loew wants to complete the worst of his almost 13 years of office necessarily with two successes, many fans seem to have ended the disastrous World Cup year but already. Supporters show the national team in the hot final finale, the cold axis.

Only over 30,000 tickets have been sold for the international match on Thursday (20.45 clock / RTL) in Leipzig against Russia. Even more worrying: For the classic four days later in Gelsenkirchen against archrival Netherlands (20.45 / ARD), which can decide on the descent from the Nations League, only 36,000 tickets have been sold.

The credit that the devastating world champion has lost at the World Cup has not yet been restored by the World Cup's French appearance (1: 2) in mid-October and a general training in Berlin. "We know we did not play an inspirational football this year and delivered bad results," said Loew. "We want a successful financial statement and back on the road to success."

The coach does not have much time to prepare. Before the tournament with the World Cup finals Russia, there are only two training times scheduled. Players were allowed to enjoy some free hours on Monday. It was not late in the evening that she expected Löw at Hotel The Westin in Leipzig. On arrival, Löw revealed that he would not make a reminder of Sunday striker Mark Uth. Whether Julian Draxler, who had not traveled to Leipzig because of a loss in the family, is back against the Netherlands, should be decided after Russia's game.


Serge Gnabry educates the DFB team in Leipzig

Loew himself utilized Monday to recover from his weak cold, which had hampered his visit to the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Sunday. And Loew may have wondered how he can continue the rejuvenation process that he initiated after the demoralizing bankruptcy in the Netherlands (0: 3).

Joachim Löw does without newcomers

"You can not handle such a conversion with one touch of a button," says Löw. He refuses newcomers because the squad has enough young professionals with great potential. "We want to give these players successive space to show themselves and establish themselves with us," said Löw, looking at it still sorted out before World Cup Leroy Sané or Serge Gnabry.

For the non-nominated Jérôme Boateng, in this process there is currently no more room, even though Loew Bayern's defender has not yet written off. Since the poorly trapped Mats Hummels and club coach Niko Kovac did not do well with their game at the Dortmund top match, Löw could do against Russia against Russia – and to test the future's centerback duo in Niklas Süle / Antonio Rüdiger.

Marco Reus should stop the gate

In the offensive return Marco Reus is to finish the national team's current score line. The BVB captain, who had missed the international team in October because of knee problems, is in the form of his life: eight goals in eleven league games, unlimited joy to play and an unwillingness to win. "In this state, I would have loved to have had it with me over the years," says Löw.

On Tuesday, Reus and Co. visit. also a school in Leipzig and three clubs. The DFB team wants to recover lost credit on and off the court with the fans. (P)

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