Joachim Löw: “The French team have a diverse array of attacking talent.”

Germany will take on France at the RheinEnergieStadion on Tuesday evening with Joachim Löw looking to give playing time to those players that have yet to feature heavily.

Speaking at his press conference, Löw confirmed that PSG’s Kevin Trapp will start in goal against France on Tuesday.

“Kevin Trapp will start in goal, and I can also say that Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos will be in the line-up from the first whistle. We’ll make some changes at half-time, but I will wait to the final training session to decide who comes on. There will be substitutions in a few positions.

“Kevin’s always been in and around the team since Manuel Neuer’s injury, and he played very well against Denmark in the run-up to the Confederations Cup. Marc-André ter Stegen and Bernd Leno have also played. Kevin’s made a good impression in training; he knows the French players well. We feel good about giving him the nod on Tuesday. We trust him – he’s a very good goalkeeper.”

Germany-France is a fixture that has always provided goals in the past, while this one should be no different given the vast array of talent that will be on show.

“The French team have a diverse array of attacking talent. They have a lot of options – the head coach has played a big role in getting the team to where they are now. It’s positive that Didier Deschamps has been manager for such a long time,” said Löw.

“France were good in 2014, even better in 2016 and now are stronger again and I attribute much of that development to Deschamps. They also have a brilliant youth system.”

Germany’s head coach also praised the development of Leroy Sané.

“I visited him a few weeks ago in England. Players like Leroy can make the difference in a match. He’s developed physically since moving to the Premier League and is now playing regularly for Manchester City. That’s improved his standing in the national team. His football style can be very important for us.”


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