Germany's Shining Midfield Leaves Loew With Selection Problem
Muhammad Rameez 20 days ago Fri 26th March 2021 | 10:13 PM
Germany head coach Joachim Loew appears to have a luxury problem to solve before this summer's Euro 2020 finals in deciding which midfield stars to leave out
Berlin, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 26th Mar, 2021 ) :Germany head coach Joachim Loew appears to have a luxury problem to solve before this summer's Euro 2020 finals in deciding which midfield stars to leave out.
But Loew has plenty of other choices in the middle.
Regular starter Toni Kroos was absent with a groin injury.
Jonas Hofmann was in the squad but is now in quarantine after his positive Covid-19 test almost derailed the game.
Germany started rapidly against Iceland.
"We had hoped that the shackles would be off," Kimmich said .
"We didn't set off any fireworks, but we could have done with a display like that." Goretzka scored with just two minutes gone and Chelsea star Havertz, playing as a deep-lying forward, also hit the net as Germany raced into a 2-0 lead after seven minutes.
Kimmich was arguably the man of the match, providing a string of defence-splitting passes and winning plenty of possession.
The 26-year-old helped create both of the opening goals and by halftime, Kimmich had made more passes (91) than the entire Iceland team (90).
"That was outstanding," said former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness as a pundit for broadcaster RTL.
Loew is also already grooming Germany's future midfield stars.
"Why should Toni Kroos have to fear for his place? That's a world-class player," Loew replied perplexed when asked if Kroos should be concerned.
Beating Iceland was a relief to the German FA, especially after Hofmann tested positive for Covid-19, prompting "hectic" scenes, according to Loew, before the local health authority allowed the match to go ahead.
Having demanded a "rigorous and merciless" display, Loew heaped praise on his midfield for helping deliver the morale-boosting win.
"They moved well and all of them were very secure on the ball, that was a plus for us and had a positive effect on our game," Loew added.
One option is to move Kimmich to right back.
By then, "'Jogi' (Loew) will be spoilt for choice when everyone is healthy again," added Hoeness who urged Loew to recall Mueller for the Euros.