Initial reactions and observations
- Germany have done it again. Humiliated on home soil by a Turkish B-team. Julian Nagelsmann’s new dawn has been cut short far sooner than anyone expected — when will it end?
- Why oh why was Kai Havertz allowed to start at left-back? What was Nagelsmann thinking? These are the kinds of unforced errors that cost him his job at Bayern Munich — experimenting for the sake of it, without any good reason.
- The Kimmich-Gundo midfield is a travesty, where was Pascal Groß? Why do German coaches ignore a working formula?
- If not for Kevin Trapp, this could have been a truly embarrassing scoreline for the Germans. As it stands, it’s merely humiliating. What, exactly, can fix this German defense?
- Two goals scored, so maybe the attack was good, right? Nope, both goals came early in each half, when the Turkish players were still trying to settle into the game. Once both sides warmed up, Turkey were much better than the Germans, both offensively and defensively.
Interested in a more in-depth look at what went wrong for Germany, or do you just want to revel in our misery? Well either way, our podcast has you covered. In our newest episode, we discuss Germany’s humiliating loss to Turkey, and also take a minute to discuss whether Alphonso Davies will stay at Bayern Munich. Listen to it below or on Spotify.
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Full time: Germany 3-2 Turkey.
70’ — Penalty to Turkey! After a long VAR review, the ref decides that Kai Havertz handled the ball in the box.
And it’s 3-2 via Yusuf Sari.
48’ — GOOOOOOOOOAL! Germany equalize via Füllkrug!
45’ — The second half is underway!
Halftime: Germany 1-2 Turkey.
45’ — Goal. Kenan Yildiz makes it 2-1 to Turkey. And we break for halftime.
37’ — Goal. Turkey equalizes with a long ball over the top.
3’ — GOOOOOOAL! Havertz makes it 1-0! Nagelsmann is COOKING?
Kickoff: We’re underway! More importantly, Nagelsmann confirmed on German TV that Kai Havertz is playing as a left-back.
What is he cooking?
One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! Germany starts with what looks like a back three? Henrichs, Tah, and Rüdiger seem to be the center-backs, with Kimmich and Gündogan in the middle. Five attackers in Brandt, Sané, Wirtz, Havertz, and Füllkrug. That’s ... definitely unexpected.
Let’s see how it goes.
— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) November 18, 2023
Trapp - Henrichs, Tah, Rüdiger, Kimmich, Gündogan ©, Brandt, Sané, Wirtz, Havertz, Füllkrug #GERTUR
With Euro 2024 looming over the horizon, Germany continue their preparation under Julian Nagelsmann by hosting Turkey at the Berlin Olympiastadion.
Despite missing Jamal Musiala and a few other key stars, the Germans have a solid lineup that includes the likes of Leroy Sané, İlkay Gündoğan, Joshua Kimmich, Florian Wirtz, and more. While the Bayern Munich core seems diminished compared to previous editions of the national team, there’s optimism that Julian Nagelsmann is on the path to turning things around.
Location: Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany
Time: 8:45 pm local time, 2:45 pm EST
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