With preparations going strong as we inch towards the World Cup, let’s see what ammunition the Germans can unleash on their Spanish counterparts in a friendly on Saturday.
Joachim Löw has said that their side are going to be hunted, and in such a game you are either the hunter or the hunted.
Defense with ter Stegen behind
Marc-André ter Stegen is going to be manning the goal after an excellent season at FC Barcelona. He is truly developing as a goalkeeper. It is highly unfortunate for him to be on the same team as the best goalkeeper in the world, yet in his absence, Germany still possesses one of the finest men between the sticks. In defense, you can expect the Bayern Munich trio of Mats Hummels, Jérôme Boateng, and Joshua Kimmich will be at the back with Hertha Berlin’s Marvin Plattenhardt.
Midfield with Goretzka
Midfield maestro Toni Kroos should pair up with up and coming sensation Leon Goretzka. There is absolutely no explanation needed to describe Kroos, as far as Goretzka is concerned, he is arguably the hottest midfielder the world is looking forward to (please don’t even start with the overrated Paul Pogba) and one of the reasons behind Schalke’s success.
The Germans have a plethora of talent in attack, the two wingers will be Leroy Sané and Thomas Müller with Mesut Özil playing in behind the striker.
Timo Werner should start instead of Sandro Wagner as a number 9 as the Germans will look to create vertically instead of through crosses. The presence of Gerard Piqué and Sergio Ramos in Spain’s defense would make it a logical call because they are heading experts, and they are not quick on their feet.
Timo Werner can easily outpace them and get the ball thanks to the creativity of Müller, Sané, Özil, Kroos and Goretzka. This should give Germany the upper hand. To add to this, Timo Werner does drift apart creating spaces for Thomas Müller to exploit, hence my left brain tells me that Werner is the better option for number 9.
This team should be able to see off Spain and make a strong statement of intent. Germany wants to show to the world that the reigning world champions are here to maintain status quo.