News : DFB team in the individual review: Hummels, Gosens, Kroos, Havertz, Müller with grade 1
DFB team against Latvia in the individual review: Hummels, Gosens, Kroos, Havertz and Müller with grade 1
DFB team in the individual review. The German national team celebrated a runaway victory against Latvia in the last test match before the European Championship. The way of victory gives a lot of self-confidence – Mats Hummels, Robin Gosens, Toni Kroos, Kai Havertz and Thomas Müller get the grade 1.
One thing in advance: The game against the number 138 in the world rankings is by no means a yardstick for the European Championship, let alone the first group game against world champions France. Nevertheless, the 7: 1 against Latvia in Düsseldorf shows that the German national team has found its way into its processes and can finally inspire with enthusiasm again.
Euphoria would be too much, but optimism and self-confidence are growing around the DFB team of national coach Joachim Löw. The notes show that.
DFB team against Latvia in the individual review
MANUAL NEWER – NOTE 3: The entire DFB team stood in line when the number 1 entered the field. Neuer played his 100th international match on this lukewarm summer evening in Düsseldorf. Congratulation! But he didn’t get a present. Was not allowed to distinguish himself at any time and then did not even keep his white vest, because the people in front got a little sleepier when the score was 6: 0. That will annoy him.
ANTONIO RÜDIGER (up to 61st minute) – NOTE 3: Hardly asked, and when he did, he was there. The Chelsea defender got so little to do as a left central defender that he even tried his hand at a right winger. Unsuccessful, as his graduation showed after half an hour.
MATS HUMMELS – NOTE 1: Do you know the training game in which a player wears a different colored shirt and can be played by both teams? Hummels had this role. The central defender caught more balls from Latvian players than the Balts in front. In the second half he got bored in the back and he intervened in the front. Absolute dream pass before 5-0 to Serge Gnabry!
MATTHIAS GINTER – NOTE 2: Unlike his counterpart Rüdiger, he was much more active in the offensive game and served one or the other wonderful cross into the penalty area. But somehow Thomas Müller, Gnabry or whoever was standing in front of the goal didn’t want to use his flanks. The interplay with Joshua Kimmich as a right midfielder worked really well.
Kimmich in an unfamiliar position, Gosens earns a regular place
JOSHUA KIMMICH – NOTE 3: Löw dared an experiment in the 3-4-3 system and put Kimmich on the right lane. So he was mostly a kind of winger against the weak Latvians. There it was sometimes stuck with the leading player. His crosses usually found no takers, and he often hesitated too long in the penalty area. Nevertheless, Kimmich was noticed as a strong asset, which the post denied a hit (26th). After all, there was the assist to 6-0.
ROBIN GOSENS (up to 61st minute) – NOTE 1: “Gosens and Kimmich – they are not defenders,” said Löw before the game on RTL. And he was right, the national coach. Gosens was an incredible asset on the left. Again and again he showed great walking paths and had many good game ideas. The man from Atalanta Bergamo even started the German shooting festival with his goal. And then he also prepared Müller’s comeback hit. Gosens has probably earned his European Championship starting place guarantee.
ILKAY GÜNDOGAN (up to 61 minutes) – NOTE 2: The ManCity star was surrounded by frustration at the lost Champions League final. Opponent Oss, for example, felt it after a harmless duel and received more nudges than a schoolboy with an FC Bayern backpack in a Giesingen schoolyard. The anger helped Gündogan to make it 2-0, because he threw the ball into the goal net with full force.
Kroos and Havertz simply world class
TONI KROOS – NOTE 1: Anyone who shouts “Querpass-Toni” after this game has no idea about football. Kroos, freshly recovered from a corona illness, showed no traces of after-effects and was the outstanding strategist and puller in the midfield. At all times he set the pace and overwhelmed the Latvian back team with strong diagonal balls and fast through steep passes into the depths. World class!
KAI HAVERTZ (up to 46th minute) – NOTE 1: And while we are already on the title “world class” … Havertz, ladies and gentlemen! The newly minted Champions League winning goal scorer came with a lot of self-confidence and was equipped with a lot of chutzpah. Already in the 2nd minute he had the lead, later he made two wonderful steps – like the 1-0 through Gosens. He then made the 4-0 with a terrific individual performance.
SERGE GNABRY (up to 46th minute) – NOTE 2: The 3-0 started strongly, at the 5-0 run in super and turned ice cold. Why “only” a 2 anyway? Gnabry did not succeed in everything, he missed a deflected Ginter cross in front of the empty goal, gambled away a promising counter-chance and, as the end of a great combination, screwed up the interim 4-0. But that’s grumbling on a high level.
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Müller celebrates comeback goal
THOMAS MÜLLER – NOTE 1: The national team is grumbling again. Not even a minute was played, and Müller was almost able to cheer again. A little later he met for the first time after his comeback in the DFB dress. But the 3-0 was far from his best scene. Again and again he caused danger alone with his presence in the penalty area. Always playable, always unpredictable. In the game, Müller collected two assits and many highlight scenes.
LEROY SANÉ (from the 46th minute) – NOTE 3: Just sat on the bench, which is far too little for the Bayern star. After all, with his goal to make it 7-1, he showed that you can count on him as a substitute. This is the only way he can play his way back into the first team. Sané tried very hard to show a reaction to the weak game against Denmark and would have even had another goal on his feet.
TIMO WERNER (from the 46th minute) – NOTE 2: It didn’t take him long to adapt to the German offensive game and harmonized wonderfully with his colleagues at the front. Only four minutes after being substituted on, Werner ended his goal lull in the DFB dress. But after an hour he showed that he was still lacking coolness. Still a positive appearance!
NIKLAS SÜLE (from the 60th minute) – no rating.
EMRE CAN (from the 61st minute) – without evaluation.
CHRISTIAN GÜNTER (from the 61st minute) – no rating.
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