The first to back down was the France coach, Didier Deschamps, who this Tuesday decided to include Karim Benzema on the France list after six years of absence, punished this time for his participation in an alleged blackmail -of a sex video- of his former teammate Valbuena and for whom he will be tried in October. Now it has been Joachim Löw who has backed off and pardoned two heavyweights of the team such as the central Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund, 32 years old) and the attacker Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich, 31 years old), so demanded by the fans and the press -especially after the 6-0 that Spain endorsed him in November of the previous year- and subjected to ostracism by the technician. No longer.
Löw decided to turn the team around after the 2018 World Cup, when the Mannschaft fell in a resounding way in the first phase, beaten by Mexico and South Korea, only victorious against Sweden. “My disappointment is enormous, but I have the motivation and energy to start a new beginning,” said the coach after being confirmed in the position he has held since 2006. Thus, in March 2019, he approached the sports city of the Bayern to speak with the leaders and the protagonists. “This is the year of the new beginning for German football. For me it was important to personally communicate my plans and ideas to those in charge of Bayern and to the players ”, Löw resolved then, who took three footballers out of a folder: Müller (100 games and 38 goals); the central Boateng (79 games) and Hummels (70). “The time is right,” Reinhard Grindel, president of the German Football Association (DFB), reassured him.
The selector remained firm, although doubts entered him when he entered the pools to be fired after the duel of La Cartuja (Seville) against Luis Enrique’s team. Even three months ago he had not twisted his arm. “When a renewal begins, it should not be interrupted and completely turned back,” he told public television. ARD. But a month later, as much as his team qualified for the European Championship without difficulty – seven wins and a loss to the Netherlands – the reprieve began. “The pandemic has deprived us of almost a year of preparation and now we can really ask ourselves whether we should not interrupt this renewal if it is absolutely necessary.” And he complimented Müler: “Thomas meets the profile of requirements for the European Championship. I want a different communication in the field. If something does not work out correctly, we will need a trigger, a different force in the field ”.
With the two players mentioned on the list, Boateng has been left out of the boat. Neither will Ter Stegen -who undergoes surgery this Thursday in Sweden on his battered right knee to start the preseason with Barça- nor Marco Reus, who refused to participate in a Euro that, to begin with, will be great for Germany because he is framed Portugal -defends laurel-, France -current world champion- and Hungary. “After a very intense year for me personally and achieving my goals at Borussia, I have made the decision to give my body time to recover. I wish you Jogi [Löw] and our team the best for the EURO ”, declared the winger. A significant loss but not capital for a selection that aspires to the scepter.
List of summoned by Germany.
Goalkeepers: Neuer (Bayern), Leno (Arsenal) and Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt).
Defenses: Ginter (Mönchengladbach), Gosens (Atalanta), Günter (Freiburg), Halstenberg (Lepizig), Hummels (Dortmund), Klostermann (Leipzig), Koch (Leeds), Rüdiger (Chelsea) and Süle (Bayern).
Middle and forwards: Can (Dortmund), Gnabry (Bayern), Goretzka (Bayern), Gündogan (Manchester City), Havertz (Chelsea), Hofmann (Mönchengladbach), Kimmich (Bayern), Kroos (Madrid), Müller (Bayern), Musiala (Bayern) , Neuhaus (Mönchengladbach), Sané (Bayern), Volland (Monaco) and Werner (Chelsea).