Second victory in the second World Cup qualifier, for Joachim Löw even “better than against Iceland”: The start of the German national team in the European Championship year makes you want more. Especially the new storm trio and two defenders. Three theses for 1-0 in Romania.
Even if the result doesn’t necessarily suggest it: The offensive performance of the German team in Romania was spectacular. The fact that it was only a 1-0 instead of a 6-0 was due to the sloppy exploitation of the chances, but also to the Romanian goalkeeper Florin Nita, who defused four top-class players in the second half alone.
Löw himself struggled with the missed opportunities during the game, but wanted to speak at the press conference afterwards about the playful and combinable performance of his three new strikers: Kai Havertz, Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry.
“They always create different levels: some come, others go deep. We still have to optimize that, but I’m very satisfied,” said Löw, highlighting Gnabry, who continues to cheerfully in the DFB dress, as “extremely important Ball distributor “in the top. Not particularly good prospects for Timo Werner – especially since Havertz and Sane are also busy collecting plus points on the outside lanes.
Havertz prepared the 1-0 in an exemplary manner and kept the upper hand in many one-on-one duels. Sane, on the other hand, presented himself unhappy in the end, but with eight passes to a shot, he gave the most to the DFB team. “They harmonized well,” said Löw. And Uli Hoeneß said in his new role as RTL-Expert: “I would be worried if the team hadn’t created any chances. But that wasn’t the case. The goals are still to come. That has nothing at all to do with the rumble of 2018 or the bloodless performance in Spain.”
1. New storm trio: Havertz defies Müller pressure
The only question is: does it fit into this offensive – especially against the background that Löw obviously wants to play a 4-3-3 with a single six and two eights – even a Thomas Müller? “Thomas is hot. He will certainly not be a stinky boot when he sits on the bench,” said Hoeneß even before the Romania game.
Sure: Müller would also harmonize wonderfully with his club colleagues Sane and Gnabry. Havertz – this was shown by the Romania game as well as the Icelandic game – but claims a regular place. The Chelsea star in the national jersey has never seen as much commitment and playfulness as in the last two games. A reaction that Löw wanted to see after the DFB year 2020, which was also unhappy for Havertz.