News : Kimmich on the right? Löw is facing the last major cardinal question in the national team
DFB team: With Kimmich, Löw is facing his last big cardinal question shortly before the start of the European Championship
Joshua Kimmich is apparently pulled from the midfield center to the right side in the national team at the European Football Championship. The cardinal question about his positioning has immediate consequences for other DFB stars. National coach Joachim Löw is facing one last tough decision.
Manuel Neuer, Antonio Rüdiger, Mats Hummels, Matthias, Ginter, Joshua Kimmich, Toni Kroos, Ilkay Gündogan, Robin Gosens, Kai Havertz, Thomas Müller, Serge Gnabry. Is that the starting line-up with which Germany will enter the European Championship against France on June 15?
“Of course, most of the players will be on the field,” said national coach Joachim Löw after the dress rehearsal, the 7-1 win over Latvia.
It is still unclear whether Löw dares to play in the 3-4-3 system against France – with wingers who expand the defensive structure to a five-man chain and enjoy considerable freedom in the offensive. That is the decisive difference to the 4-2-3-1 with two sixes and two “clear” full-backs.
Kimmich in the DFB team: replacement of the Lahm role?
There are only numbers on the chessboard, anyway every team has to be fluid, as it is called nowadays, capable of situational adjustments, the opposite of being inherent in the system. And yet the statics change not least because in the 3-4-3 a position in the middle field breaks away.
Which brings us to Joshua Kimmich.
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In the test against Latvia, the Bayern star moved from the center to the right, a neuralgic problem area for the DFB team. Löw knows that, seven years after the World Cup triumph he is facing a déjà vu.
Kimmich is the new cast of the old Lahm role, a cinema classic, so to speak. And it seems that the events are likely to be the same.
“With Joshua you know that he – whether in midfield or right or even in the back of three – simply doesn’t need a start-up time. That makes his class,” said Löw and appropriately spoke of the “format Philipp Lahm, who also went from left to right could play all positions “.
Kimmich on the right is “far better than any other option”
Kimmich is Germany’s best six, but in 3-4-3 as a counterpart to Gosens at the same time the ideal cast on the right side. A luxury problem is still this: a problem.
It was similar in 2014 with Lahm, who preferred to structure the midfield before he took pity on playing the right-back again in the interests of the overall company. The story didn’t end so badly.
Now, according to “Bild”, Löw is actually planning with Kimmich on the far right, where mostly Ginter or Lukas Klostermann played. But solid to decent, not world class. For Lahm, Kimmich’s “best position is in front of the defense”, but he sees the misappropriation as a “good consideration. With Kroos and Gündogan, the national team has the leaders and thinkers of Real and ManCity in their ranks.”
Bastian Schweinsteiger throws up the theory that Kimmich’s advantages on the right overcompensate for the disadvantages without Kimmich in the center. The 26-year-old is on the right “is still far better than any other option,” says the ARD expert, who “always suspected” that Löw would choose this variant for lack of top alternatives at the European Championships.
Kimmich not in the center: Schweinsteiger would be “very sorry”
Schweinsteiger, who used to be a driver in midfield himself, would be “very sorry” for Kimmich to be withdrawn from that very ventricle. At least “the alignment with a five-man chain on the right wing is a bit more offensive, which is also better for Joshua”.
Meanwhile, ex-national player Fredi Bobic is convinced that Kimmich can develop his strengths especially in a back three. “I see him very clearly on the right. And I hope that it turns out exactly like that,” says Bobic at MagentaTV.
In this way, Kimmich becomes a major cardinal question alongside Leroy Sané, who has apparently lost his regular place – because his positioning as the anchor of all considerations has immediate consequences.
“Without Kimmich we will be overrun by France”
Without Kimimch, the center lacks a lot of robustness. Are Kroos, who has recovered from the coronavirus, and Gündogan, who shines in an offensive role at City, really as breakwaters against concentrated French power?
What about Leon Goretzka, Kimmich’s tandem partner at Bayern, who is not an option for the game against France after his hamstring torn – but for the other group games against Portugal (June 19) and Hungary (June 23)?
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At “t-online”, ex-national coach Berti Vogts has a completely contrary opinion of Lahm, Schweinsteiger and Bobic: “The center has to be tight against France. And that doesn’t work with the Gündogan / Kroos duo because both are too aggressively oriented. Without Kimmich at headquarters, we will be overrun by France. “
Löw faces one last tough decision.
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