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Germany predicted lineup vs Spain

Germany’s World Cup future hangs within the stability forward of a group-stage encounter with Spain on Sunday night.

Following the dramatic upset in opposition to Japan, Germany face the prospect of dropping consecutive video games on the identical World Cup for the primary time since 1958. Playing underneath the guise of West Germany, Sepp Herberger’s aspect had been undone by hosts Sweden within the semi-final earlier than France claimed third-place at their expense within the subsequent play-off.

Here’s the XI Hansi Flick could deploy to keep away from a pair of defeats in far much less spectacular circumstances.

Antonio Ruediger

Antonio Rudiger’s solely look on the 2018 World Cup was Germany’s victory in opposition to Sweden / Markus Gilliar – GES Sportfoto/GettyImages

GK: Manuel Neuer – Germany’s goalkeeper has completed his final two World Cup matches contained in the opposition half bizarrely.

RB: Thilo Kehrer – Flick singled out Niklas Sule for Japan’s winner (“Niklas has to concentrate”) and could also be tempted to drop the Borussia Dortmund defender in favour of Kehrer.

CB: Antonio Rudiger – Watch out for Rudiger’s eye-catching restoration run, as he bounds across the area together with his knees pumping proper as much as his chest. Whether for present or pace, it definitely works.

CB: Nico Schlotterbeck – Part of Germany’s beginning XI that staged another protest forward of the defeat to Japan, Schlotterbeck – when his mouth wasn’t lined – just lately stated: “Football have to be there for everybody and open to everybody. It stands for range.”

LB: David Raum – In April 2021, Raum scored for Greuther Furth within the German second tier. Less than two years later, he’s the nationwide crew’s beginning left-back on the World Cup.

CM: Ilkay Gundogan – “You felt that not everybody actually needed the ball,” Gundogan damningly admitted, reflecting on his aspect’s second-half show in opposition to Japan. That is definitely not the case for his Spanish counterparts. Half of Spain’s outfielders had greater than 100 touches in opposition to Costa Rica.

CM: Joshua Kimmich – “You’re not ok, your physique is just not robust sufficient,” was the suggestions an 18-year-old Kimmich acquired when VfB Stuttgart’s first crew turned down {the teenager}. Nine years later, he is at his second World Cup.

AM: Thomas Muller – The former Arsenal centre-back Shkodran Mustafi has scored at a significant event for Germany extra just lately than Muller.

RW: Serge Gnabry – When Gnabry joined Werder Bremen he was touted as the most recent member of the household to make waves on the planet {of professional} soccer. Statistics for his father mysteriously appeared however Gnabry Jr. cleared up the rumours. “We might depart him that honour, however it’s simply not true.”

ST: Kai Havertz – Not content material with labelling him as an out-and-out quantity 9, Havertz’s former Chelsea supervisor, Thomas Tuchel, in contrast him to 3 forwards. “I see a little bit of Dennis Bergkamp, Robin Van Persie, [Dimitar] Berbatov form of participant,” he supplied.

LW: Jamal Musiala – The spectacle of Musiala in full move has been described as “a feast for the eyes” by Bayern Munich’s (admittedly biased) sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic.

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