Cologne (dpa) – The planned charm offensive with a free ticket campaign has to be postponed by the DFB. A maximum of 300 spectators are allowed in the Cologne stadium because of the tense infection situation during the international test of the German national team against Turkey in the evening (8.45 p.m. / RTL).
The association’s hope of inviting up to 9,200 fans to the 50,000-seat arena and thus being able to create some mood in the stands after the ghost games in September was thwarted by the corona virus. “It’s a shame,” said DFB President Fritz Keller. The 63-year-old spoke of a “right decision” by those responsible at the city of Cologne. The fan campaign should now be rescheduled for one of the three home games by the end of the year.
GAME OBJECTIVE: Joachim Löw wants to use the first of three international matches within seven days to give players from the second row and the newcomers to the squad a probation opportunity. The national coach’s financially important test match before the Nations League games against Ukraine and Switzerland doesn’t really fit into the schedule for the team’s further development towards the 2021 European Championship. He voluntarily renounces the entire Bayern block against the Turks . And Löw asked the fans at home in front of the television for a little indulgence. “I can’t expect everything to work out after a training session.” Nevertheless, he wants to “approach the matter positively”.
STAFF: The test kick with a thrown together eleven is primarily an individual application. “Games like this are there to see which players can strengthen our starting XI in the future. They can attract attention,” said Löw. Kai Havertz, for example, can prove himself to be a gambler. As in 2017, Julian Draxler should precede an equally inexperienced DFB selection as captain when winning the Confederation Cup. With Julian Brandt, Löw continues to believe in the big breakthrough: “He has an incredible talent.” As in the last 1-1 draw in Switzerland, Bernd Leno can start in goal.
DEBUTANTS: Jonas Hofmann and Florian Neuhaus from Gladbach and Mahmoud Dahoud from Dortmund were able to prepare for their international debut during the final training session on Tuesday evening. Because Löw said earlier at the press conference: “If I invite players, there is always a legitimate hope that they will be used. I plan to do that too, we can make six changes.”
WEEKLY PLAN: Löw wants to see progress in the three closely-timed international matches. “There are certain things that we have to work on.” One issue is game control. The DFB team repeatedly gambled away guided tours, most recently in the tie against Spain and Switzerland in September. “In the end we have to find out that we don’t have the results we want. We sometimes give up control of the game. If we can do that in the future, we can beat any team,” believes Löw. The 21-year-old Havertz therefore desperately wants a win against Turkey “so that he can go into the next games with a good feeling”.