National team: after Nagelsmann’s Schlingerkurs-the first eleven to 13

Last Update: 26.03.2024 13: 41

For months, Julian Nagelsmann published a Plan and threw it over the top. Now he has largely found his first eleven. The captain may be the 13th.

After the 2-0 win in France, Julian Nagelsmann said that it “certainly not many changes” the day before the Test match against the Netherlands (Tuesday, 26.03.2024, from 20.45 in full length in the audio stream) the national coach then even revealed that in Frankfurt am Main “the same first eleven” as in Lyon will run up.

Julian Nagelsmann has been national coach since the end of September 2023. In the short half year he just wanted to let him play, and then make it complicated. He wanted to refrain from experiments in order to use Kai Havertz as the left “Joker”, as he calls the midfielder, who forms the end of a chain of five in the defensive third of the field.

At the beginning of the new calendar year, Nagelsmann again changed the course, which was evident in the nomination of the squad for the Internationals in March and in the first Test against France.

Not only do the roles and positions seem to be clearly distributed verbally, but to a large extent the eleven who were elected on 14 May are also likely to be fixed. The European Championship is scheduled to start on June 16 in Munich against Scotland.

Nine places seem to have been awarded

To the chagrin of Marc-André ter Stegen, his role is that of number two, because the currently injured Manuel Neuer is supposed to be in goal at the tournament in the summer. Only injuries or suspensions will be able to prevent Joshua Kimmich as a right defender, Antonio Rüdiger as a central defender and Toni Kroos in central midfield.

Jonathan Tah, Jamal Musiala, Florian Wirtz and Kai Havertz will also find their place in the starting eleven for the start of the European Championship. Robert Andrich has not yet reached this Status, but was so convinced by the victory in France as a side Man of Taktgeber and Ruhepol Kroos that Nagelsmann will only try other options if the Liverkusener loses significant form.

With Maximilian Mittelstädt, the international experience is still too small and the time until the EURO is still too long to decide.

There is therefore still a need for clarification on the Position of the left defender, just like with the player to whom the National Coach always assigned a clear role despite all course changes – that of the captain.

Quiet doubts about Gündoğan

However, with his performance in France, Ilkay Gündoğan quietly sowed doubts about whether he will be in the First Eleven in the summer or will be number twelve or 13, which still belongs to the group that the National Coach counts among the “challengers”. There are also Niclas Füllkrug, Pascal Groß, Benjamin Henrichs and even Thomas Müller, as well as the other Stuttgart newcomers Chris Führich, Deniz Undav and Waldemar Anton as well as professionals who are not represented in the current squad.

This includes a larger group from Dortmund with Mats Hummels, Niklas Süle, Nico Schlotterbeck and Julian Brandt, as well as two Munich residents with Leroy Sané and Serge Gnabry. However, the Bavarians are much closer to the squad than their colleagues from Borussia, whom they will meet on Saturday (30.03.2024) in the top Game of the Bundesliga.

Sané in a similar role to the captain

Sané is still banned from the scary game against Austria after his red card, Gnabry was injured for a long time. Leroy Sané is likely to be in a position between ten and 13, like Gündoğan, in order to remain in Nagelsmann’s ductus. His bad luck could be that his area of application is occupied in the defensive midfield, and that there are strong options in the offensive midfield precisely because of Sané and Gnabry. Sané on the outside, Musiala on the “Ten”, in constant alternation with Wirtz – this is not only not a Problem, but even desired in order to bring the opponent’s defense into motion and out of positions.

Captain Gündoğan thus has a slightly different task against the Netherlands than Kimmich, Kroos, Musiala and Wirtz. Gündoğan has to step up, the others don’t even have to confirm their achievements to keep their Status.

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