As we all know well by now, Joachim Löw started an “upheaval” after Germany’s disappointing exit from World Cup in 2018. After the failure, he was given another chance by the DFB. He called up a lot of young players and turned his back on some core players, most notably, Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller.
But Löw didn’t manage to replicate the performances Germany produced in 2014. He received public criticism for poor performances, especially after a fiasco against Spain. Still, he denied the possibility of the return of Muller, Boateng, and Hummels.
Now, when his job is again on the line, he is open to a return of the three above-mentioned players. In an interview with Sportschau, he commented on the current situation in the national team: “I believe that after 2018 and after the Nations League, it was necessary to create and initiate a radical change. When you start an upheaval, you should never break it off and go in a completely different direction again. Now, however, the pandemic took away almost a year from us, so we can now consider whether to interrupt the upheaval if it is necessary.”
It seems that Joachim Löw might call up Hummels, Boateng, and Muller, but it depends on a lot of factors.
Possible Müller, Boateng/Hummels return? Löw: "If I think we still need some additional percentage or some energy providers, from a footballing or a leadership point of view. We won't exclude anything, I can promise you that"— Sextuple winners (@iMiaSanMia) February 28, 2021
When he was asked directly about a potential Muller comeback, he gave a vague answer — “If he’s going to come back, I’ll be in touch with him.” He added that “sometimes you have to improvise during a tournament, so you need a broad quality.”
In the end, there is a good chance that he might call up some senior players, especially now, when his job is on the line.