With the FIFA World Cup 2018 underway in Russia, it’s perhaps time to draw your attention to the tournament favorites. Germany kick off their title defense against Mexico on Sunday. According to coach Joachim Low, all is good in the German camp, with every player available for selection. Well, what does that mean for die Mannschaft? Let’s take a look:
Changes from 2014
As far as the squad makeup is concerned, Germany have several new faces debuting in Russia. Gone are the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Miroslav Klose, and Philipp Lahm. Joshua Kimmich steps into the shoes of the former Germany captain, while the much of the core of the team has been retained from 2014. Players like Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, and Manuel Neuer make up the designated backbone of the squad, and are expected to start every game.
Aside from this, the squad has a few new faces. These include star striker Timo Werner, who is expected to lead the line for die Mannschaft in this tournament, and Marco Reus, Borussia Dortmund’s beleaguered winger who is finally fit enough to participate in a major international competition for Germany. Jonas Hector solves the team’s one weakness from 2014 — the lack of a natural left back, and could be crucial in this tournament.
How might they line up?
Well, here’s our best guess: