Initial reactions and observations
- The game was abhorrent. Jogi Low has to go. What is he doing? His tactics are bad, the player selection is baffling. His new system does not work. Switzerland dominated the second half. How can the DFB let this continue?
- How Draxler gets any minutes for Germany will remain a mystery to me.
- Ginter is incredibly underrated. He kept Germany’s right side from being overwhelmed while Thilo Kehrer did literally nothing all game.
- Timo Werner scores boatloads for Nagelsmann and Hasenhuttl but turns into a headless chicken on the national team. The poor man is crying out for a proper system that can use him properly. Unfortunately, this current manager doesn’t seem to have a clue.
- Sane getting subbed off ended any bit of penetration Germany had in the final third. While Bayern’s new signing was clearly rusty and nowhere near his best, he was effective at creating space and keeping the Swiss defenders on their toes. All that disappeared once he was subbed, and catalyzed Switzerland's domination in the second half.
Leroy Sane starts! Let’s hope he has a good game with no injuries.
Unsere heutige Startelf!— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) September 6, 2020
12 Bernd Leno
2 Thilo Kehrer
3 Robin Gosens
4 Matthias Ginter
7 Julian Draxler
8 Toni Kroos (C)
9 Timo Werner
15 Niklas Süle
16 Antonio Rüdiger
19 Leroy Sané
21 Ilkay Gündogan #SUIGER #DieMannschaft pic.twitter.com/A7S2qTyduO
My editors have told me that I can’t be too weird in the game description so here’s a vanilla version. Germany face Switzerland in the second game of the UEFA Nations League. COach Joachim Low continues his dive into the depths of mediocrity, as the lack of Bayern Munich players means he has to rely on guys like Julian Draxler in the starting XI. Kai Havertz has already left the training camp to go sign for Chelsea, and Leroy Sane is a doubt for the game.
So, good luck Germany? They’re gonna need it.
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