Kai Havertz, a $100 million transfer, is a liability at Arsenal. With no idea what to do with him, Germany national team coach Julian Nagelsmann has a new idea.
Speaking to reporters after Germany’s friendly against Turkiye on Monday (Sept. 19), Nagelsmann explained that the full-back experiment was not a one-off, but a plan to prepare for the Euros.
Germany came from behind to lose the friendly 2-3 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany. The most talked-about aspect of the match was the use of Haberth at left fullback, a position that is classified as either a striker or an attacking midfielder.
Before the game, Nagelsmann told Germany’s RTL: “Haberz will not always be in this position. He is a very good footballer. It’s a very good option and he won’t always play as a typical left-back,” he said of the experiment.
Playing at left fullback in a 4-2-2-2 formation, Habertz got off to a good start, scoring the first goal in the seventh minute. Remaining in the box on the ensuing attack following a free kick, he slid in a cutback pass following a breakaway by Sane.
However, with the score tied at 2-2 in the 23rd minute, Harberts committed a handball foul on an opposing free kick that led to Youssouf Sarri’s winner. In a friendly and an unorthodox experiment, it was disappointing to have one crucial mistake.
Overall, however, Haberz was given a passing grade by Nagelsmann. “He said, ‘I want to do it, I want to try it,'” Nagelsmann told RTL after the game. I didn’t see any dangerous shots from him. But I saw a really, really big opportunity for him to play a key role at the Euros,” he said, adding, “For the first time in his career he played in an unfamiliar position and he did very well, he was our best player.”
Nagelsmann became the first coach in German soccer history to be sacked after his predecessor, Jupp Heynckes, was dismissed in September following a 1-4 friendly loss to Japan. 보스토토 도메인
Looking to make a mark at the home-hosted Euros, which are just nine months away, Nagelsmann began experimenting in November. In October’s friendlies against North and Central America, he stuck with the 4-2-3-1 system that Flick had previously utilized in order to test the players currently in the squad pool.
However, against Tunisia, Nagelsmann brought out his favorite 4-2-2-2. He lined up attacking midfielder Julian Brandt next to his traditional frontline striker Nicklas Fühlkrug, and opted for Leroy Sane and Florian Wirz in the second flanking midfield. In the third line, Joshua Kimmich and Ilkay Gundogan linked defense and attack.