Low’s side have ‘zest’
Germany have been dealt a blow ahead of their pivotal Euro 2020 group stage clash with France.
The ‘group of death’, also containing Portugal and Hungary, could see one of the biggest nations in the tournament knocked out.
The games between the big three will of course determine who claims top spot, and a simpler task in the round of 16.
Germany will have the advantage of playing at home in Munich, buoyed by the support of their crowd. Head coach Joachim Low, who will step down at the end of the tournament, assured that his side have ‘ambition and zest.’
“It’s great anticipation because we’re going to play against the reigning world champion. We have prepared ourselves very well over the past two weeks and have taken a few steps in the right direction,” said Löw.
“There is a good atmosphere, but also a lot of ambition and zest for action in the team. We are well prepared and look forward to getting started.”
However, Low will be missing some crucial members of his squad.
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Bayern Munich pair Leon Goretzka and Jamal Musiala will both be unavailable.
Musiala, who spent much of his childhood in England, has broken through in Bavaria this season, and decided to represent Germany on the international stage despite having played for England’s youth teams up to under-21 level.
He, along with Goretzka – a crucial midfield figure for Low – will not be fit to face France. In addition, Borussia Monchengladbach’s Jonas Hofmann will miss the battle.
🇩🇪 Update: Drei Spieler müssen heute Abend bei #GERFRA auf die Tribüne. Wir @SPORT1 können die Meldung der Sky-Kollegen bestätigen: Bei der deutschen Mannschaft schauen Jonas Hofmann, Leon Goretzka und Jamal Musiala nur zu. @plettigoal
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Chelsea have been linked with a move for Hofmann for some time, with the winger/midfielder having impressed under outgoing Gladbach coach Marco Rose, who is set to join Dortmund.
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Despite their losses, Low’s squad boasts the quality to cover. Musiala may not have been expected to start, but Goretzka certainly would have done. However, Ilkay Gundogan and Toni Kroos will be an experienced and quality pairing in his stead.
Hofmann could have started in a wide area, however an attacking trio of Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry and Kai Havertz could be used, with Leroy Sane and Timo Werner alternative options.
Read our preview of tonight’s match here, with our predicted line-up for Germany below:
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This article was edited by Ben Browning.
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