So Julian Nagelsmann is off to a winning start as coach of Germany with a solid 3-1 victory over the USMNT. Now he goes on to face their historic arch rivals in Mexico as the Germans hope wrap up their US tour with a second win.
The question is, who will play?
Aside from the fact that Joshua Kimmich was sent home last week due to a cold, Germany are at pretty much full strength for this game. Kicker speculates that Nagelsmann might go with a radically different starting XI compared to the one we saw versus the US, with Bayern Munich star Thomas Müller up top as a striker. Here’s what that XI could apparently look like:
Only Marc-André ter Stegen, Antonio Rüdiger, İlkay Gündoğan and Leroy Sané make that XI from the team that beat the USMNT on Saturday. If Julian Nagelsmann can pull off a win versus Mexico with a radically shifted starting XI, it would go a long way to disproving the idea that Germany simply do not have the talent to compete on the world stage this generation. In addition, it would give some lesser-used players on the national team a chance to make their mark and recommend themselves for selection going forward.
Meanwhile, here is what Bild thinks the lineup will be:
Seems like an optimistic time to be a fan of the German national team.
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