Where were we? In the expedition to Russia came a disappointing fourth place in group F with Sweden, Mexico and South Korea. A real trauma for the national team which among the 32 of Qatar is the one with the most participations (second after Brazil) with 19. After the was Joachim Löw (2006-2021) that of Hans-Dieter Flick (who was his assistant). She presents herself in a new, rejuvenated guise, devoid of Hummels, Gosens and of those who have long since disappeared from the radar of modern football (Khedira). The wait is all in seeing how Flick he will set up the midfield (4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1) to make the most of one of his team’s strengths: the range of players capable of contributing to the goal. Threat in the group: there is Spain.
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Defenders: Armel Bella Kotchap (Southampton), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Christian Gunter (Freiburg), Thilo Kehrer (West Ham), Lukas Klostermann (Leipzig), David Raum (Leipzig), Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid), Nico Schlotterbeck (Borussia Dortmund Niklas Sule (Borussia Dortmund)
Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Borussia Dortmund), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Mario Gotze (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
Forwards: Karim Adeyemi (Borussia Dortmund), Niclas Fullkrug (Werder Bremen), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Kai Havertz (Chelsea), Youssoufa Moukoko (Borussia Dortmund), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sané (Bayern Monaco).
Hans-Dieter Flick. After gaining experience at the helm of Hoffenheim, he filled his belly in just under two seasons at Bayern Munich: two championships, a Cup and a German Super Cup, but above all a Champions League, a UEFA Super Cup and a Club World Cup. Qatar is a testing ground, also because in 2022 the team hasn’t found its rhythm yet (5 draws out of 8 games), there was time to experiment, now it’s time to unleash inspiration on the frontline. Curiosity: at the beginning of his career he was briefly on Trapattoni’s staff at Salzburg.
the search for the cover man in this Germany is no simple task. The strength will have to be the group. In moments of difficulty the weight will fall once again on the shoulders of Thomas Muller (33 years old, 118 appearances) and Neuer (113 games between goals), from Gnabry and Sané instead, it is reasonable to expect sparks. It will be the maturity world championship for Rudiger, while some time ago it seemed impossible to call Mario Götze, scorer in the 2014 final, his last presence in the national team dates back to five years ago and his story deserves a special mention. After laying the foundations for his rebirth at PSV, Götze overcame a rare disorder of energy metabolism that started the downward spiral of his career, he moved on to Eintracht Frankfurt, rejoining the German championship and deserving a call-up to the 26. Finally, if just a star must be chosen, it must be kept in mind that the rabbit out of the hat can be pulled out at any time by Kai Havertz, the most complete tactically, who could be entrusted with a fundamental role in Flick’s team.
Neuer; Kehrer, Süle, Rüdiger, Raum; Kimmich, Goretzka; Gnabry, Müller, Sané; Havertz.