Derek Ray, ESPN’s Bundesliga chief commentator, explains how the domestic league has built the foundation for Germany’s World Cup squad, and looks forward to the round of matches that will conclude the club’s calendar year.
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We’ve known for a while that Thursday will be decision day Die Nationalmannschaft Hansi Flick, but there were always warm stories for some and unwelcome surprises for others.
In attack, Germany has been looking for a top-tier solution for several years, and Flick decided to pick qualified players on opposite ends of the age spectrum who weren’t necessarily on the radar a few months ago.
at 29 Niklas Folkrug The personality of a modern-day glamor footballer doesn’t cut it, but he has talent in front of goal. He goes deeper than the ten he has scored with Werder Bremen this season, five of them have come in the last five minutes of matches, while three have been of the aerial type. Volkrug may not have any international experience, but he is a seasoned professional, a line captain, a focal point and frankly the kind of old brave player Germany would need in certain World Cup situations.
Like 17-year-old Folkrug Joseph Mukoko It wasn’t a sure bet on the squad’s starting lineup, but the Borussia Dortmund star timed it perfectly with a view to getting a nod from Flick. His superb double in the 2-0 win over VfL Bochum last week cemented his case and there were other big moments in the Bundesliga, such as the late winner in Revierderby The decisive goal is to bring Dortmund back into the competition in a 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich.
You have to be small to cover up an insert Mario Gotze, the man who drew his name in German football folklore with his goal to win the 2014 World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro. Gotze spent five years without playing for the German national team, as health problems were the reason for his first absence.
A spell in the Netherlands with PSV Eindhoven raised his confidence, but it was a summer move to Europa League-winning Eintracht Frankfurt that revived the 30-year-old. Frankfurt signed Gotze to help smash deep seated defensive opponents, and Flick noted his quality as well as his ability to play several games in quick succession this term and praised his great personality.
clearly, Marco Reyos He would have made his name on the team had he been able to win his race against time on the fitness front. Reus was the worst high-profile German player of his generation, missing major tournaments in 2014, 2016, 2021 and now 2022.
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Flick also explained a file Florian Wirtz The situation clearly. The talent of Bayer Leverkusen is back in training after missing most of the year due to a ruptured ACL, and it will benefit him much more to stay with Werkselve Prepare to resume in January. A logical decision all around because it would have been foolish to bring him back.
Opinion is divided over the veteran defender Mats Hummels. The 33-year-old is enjoying a fantastic season at Dortmund but has failed to find success. Flick explained his reasons by saying that coaching staff generally believe in caring for the future. It is worth noting that Germany will host Euro 2024 and is expected to be among the favorites to win it. The tournament experience for a young player now can reap huge profits later.
Antonio Rudiger He is the defensive leader, in the words of Flick himself, and Germany in Nico Schlutterbeek (Fellow of Hummels’ BVB) A person of speed and tenacity. Flick denied that Hummels’ penchant for outspoken criticism over the team’s poor performance had anything to do with him. It’s a big call, but Hummels lost his pace and was destined to be the fifth choice in the center of defence, and having a top figure of such humble stature just doesn’t make sense.
There are a bunch of other good options in this post, though, from Southampton Armel Bella Kochap It could come as a surprise as well as RB Leipzig’s inclusion Lucas KlostermannHe has not played since the first round due to injury. Klostermann’s versatility was the deciding factor here as the right-back remains a relative weakness for Germany. who – which Niklas Soleil I recently played there for BVB that can be helpful as well.
There were no shocks on the goalkeeper’s front, with Manuel Neuer And the Marc-Andre ter Stegen Join her in Frankfurt Kevin Trapp. Flick said, unlike other countries that have chosen four guards, he feels in this case that three guards are enough.
If there is one player who could be a big card for Germany, it is Dortmund Ademi cream. His ability to cut his left foot off the right along with speed and finishing ability make him, in Flick’s words, a “weapon”.
Bayern Thomas Muller In his fourth World Cup, he will have a major role to play on and off the field, and although he is currently on the casualty list, Flick is hoping to include him in the pre-tournament friendly against Oman. Minus Muller, Germany Rekordmeister Bayern managed to win 6-1 against Werder Bremen on Tuesday with Serge Gnabry Grab the titles, by scoring a hat-trick against one of his previous clubs. Bayern guarantees to go to winter period As table top, Union Berlin twice lost their advantage to FC Augsburg and had to draw 2-2.
Dortmund suffered a 2-0 defeat to Wolfsburg and were now overtaken on goal difference by in-form RB Leipzig, who beat third-placed Freiburg 3-1. Frankfurt retained fourth place after an offensive fest against TSG Hoffenheim with notable contributions from Gotze, Randall Kolo Mwany Especially the irresistible Jesper Lindstrom.
The seemingly endless work will finally come to a halt on Sunday after three more days of Bundesliga matches. Flick should hope, above all, that every member of his 26-member squad avoids injury this weekend.