DFB Team: Robert Andrich is the new Bodyguard

Last Update: 25.03.2024 17: 21

At Bayer Leverkusen, Robert Andrich benefited from an injury, in the DFB Team from the new course under Julian Nagelsmann and The Return of Toni Kroos. His qualities are more in demand than ever.

Especially in professional football, it is extremely important to function at the right Moment. To show his qualities when they are particularly in demand. In the case of Robert Andrich, this was the case when Exequiel Palacios suffered a muscle injury in January during the top match between RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen (2:3).

The Argentine and Granit Xhaka had formed the hitherto outstanding midfield Duo of the Bundesliga, for Andrich there was only room in exceptional cases. But the Palacios injury changed that, the ex-Unioner, who had moved to Leverkusen in 2021, moved into the outstanding German team of the season – and made sure that the Werkself remained just that. With Andrich in the starting eleven, the team of Xabi Alonso simply continued to win.

Nagelsmann was looking for “players with a different profile”

This circumstance probably also played a major role in Andrich making it into the DFB squad for the Test matches against France and the Netherlands. For the third time, the 29-year-old was already nominated by Julian Nagelsmann, but so far it had only been enough for a short assignment. But then the national coach decided to make changes in the Team, which again benefited Andrich.

It’s important that we don’t just find the most talented single players with the biggest names“, Nagelsmann said when he announced the squad about two weeks ago. It is also “important to see a few players with a different profile. We hope that the team fits together well, everyone has an understanding of their role and that we achieve better results in a better way.

Khedira-successor with a long wait

Nagelsmann does not only focus on the individual class, but on roles. And here Andrich closes a gap that has existed for many years. Since Sami Khedira, there was no one in the DFB team who had control of the midfield Center in the Defensive, the multitude of goals scored was the big Problem of the team for so long. With Andrich, Nagelsmann now relies on a player who seems to fulfill a long longing as a scavenger.

Robert Andrich took on France with superstar Kylian Mbappé.

Set a Robust sign

“Stability and security” there were two keywords that Nagelsmann had given him in his role description, Andrich said. Specifically, this means: “How high Do we go into Pressing? Are we more likely to fall? In which room can I move in order to be able to fight certain duels?”

In the Test in France (2:0) it worked out well. Andrich set robust marks against superstar Kylian Mbappé, was strong in two fights – nevertheless, the defensive midfielder is now also at an enormously high level of football and also convinced on the Ball. The 29-year-old has taken a big step through the Leverkusen short pass game.

Andrich keeps Kroos’s back free

But his main task remains the protection of colleagues – and above all a colleague. The Return of Toni Kroos was a Signal that the DFB team now needs someone whose first goal is not to pull the game with the Ball. Joshua Kimmich next to Kroos was therefore no longer imaginable, but rather needed a player like Casemiro or Aurélien Tchouaméni, who combine playing and fighting strength and with whom Kroos celebrated great successes at Real Madrid and is currently celebrating.

This player is Andrich. He cleared the way for Kroos frei. This is also an important part of his role in the DFB Team: “In the best case, Toni and I harmonize so well that he can give his qualities to the team. Then we’re better. Then we are brutally strong.“

Andrich: “profile that can help the team”

After his second international, Andrich said with conviction that he “radiate something from the profile that can help the team”. The first impressions proved him right, the next one should be the game on Tuesday (26.03.2024) in Frankfurt against the Netherlands (from 20.45 in the Live Ticker sportschau.de) deliver. Nagelsmann is likely to rely on him again, as it is now also about playing formations.

Andrich qualified for this task alongside Kroos. The DFB Team has already needed someone like him in recent years, and now he has put himself in the Constitution in Leverkusen, which also enables him to take on the role. Andrich is the new DFB Bodyguard.

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