It’s a difficult time to be a Bayern Munich and Germany fan right now, but Die Mannschaft have one more opportunity to get back on the right track before the international break concludes. Unfortunately, it comes in the form of a UEFA Nations League clash against World Champions, France, so the odds are stacked against them.
The DFB has already come out and said that they’re still fully backing Joachim Löw, essentially because they really don’t have a ‘Plan B’ in place. As inexcusable as that may sound, it looks like they wont be giving Low the axe any time soon, despite Germany’s horrid run of form stretching back to the World Cup. With that said, hopefully Low will start to give chances to some of the younger players who have been proving themselves at the club level instead of sticking with veteran players who’ve been severely under-performing as of late.
Why not experiment and take some chances vs. France? Germany essentially have nothing to lose at this point other than facing relegation from League A in the UEFA Nations League, but going out with some sort of fight would be more commendable than putting out the same recycled lineup and flopping.
- Jerome Boateng set to miss out after picking up a calf injury vs. the Netherlands
- Current injury absentees list for Germany: Antonio Rudiger, Leon Goretzka, Marco Reus, Kai Havertz, Kevin Trapp, Boateng.
- Löw and the squad are backing Manuel Neuer despite some of his recent mistakes. Low confirms that Neuer will still start in goal vs. France.
- Löw all but confirms there will at least be “one or two” personnel changes to the lineup:
Joachim Löw: "We have learned a few things from #NEDGER. We definitely need to make one or two tactical and personnel changes. Tomorrow we want to make up for the things we messed up on against ." #FRAGER #DieMannschaft pic.twitter.com/ywlgbTSkQb— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) October 15, 2018
Taking everything into consideration, three of us here at BFW make our predictions as to how Low will line up his side vs. France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis.
Let us know what you guys think in the comments section. Will Kimmich stay in midfield or get pushed back to right back? Did Julian Draxler, Leroy Sane, and Julian Brandt do enough vs the Netherlands to merit a start? Will it be a 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1, or something else? Whatever it is, hopefully they show far more of a solid fight against France than they did against the Dutch.