RTL pundit and former Bayern Munich and Germany legend Lothar Matthäus broke down the scrutiny surrounding Joachim Löw’s formation and tactics, as well as the squad’s chances at the European Championships.
Matthäus respects France and Portugal, but thinks Germany has not yet shown how good it can be. The 60-year-old also said that the senior team can look to Germany’s U-21 Euro-winning side as an inspiration.
“Our team doesn’t have to hide. The mood is good. Then there are also good results. Especially with three home games in Munich,” Matthäus said (as captured by Tz). “(The U-21s) won against teams that were perhaps rated higher. Because they performed as a team. This team can do that, too. The quality of the individual players is there.”
Matthäus is also not opposed to a back-three based formation, but think the players need to understand their roles better.
“It is important that Jogi Löw thinks about it. He picks out different variants (of the formation). A back-three does not mean that you play defensively,” Matthäus said. “When he starts with the back-three, those are the three players he can trust. Mats Hummels in the middle can do a lot with his eye. Antonio Rüdiger comes with enormous self-confidence.”
While Hummels and Rüdiger appear to have set spots in the starting XI, it will be interesting to see if Löw opts to use Niklas Sule or Matthias Ginter in that final spot.