Germany face a crucial game against Spain at the Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday as they look to keep their World Cup dreams alive. They come into the game following a 2-1 defeat against Japan, despite leading until the 75th minute, but don’t expect to see too many changes to Hansi Flick’s lineup.
In defence, 2014 world champion Per Mertesacker believes that Thilo Kehrer should start in place of Nico Schlotterbeck, who drops to the bench, meaning a defensive partnership of Niklas Süle and Antonio Rüdiger. David Raum is also expected to keep his place at left-back ahead of Christian Günter – Raum (3) tied for the most key passes against Japan alongside Serge Gnabry. The RB Leipzig defender offers an excellent threat.
In midfield, Flick kept journalists guessing in his pre-match press conference as to who would play. A three-man midfield to match Spain’s trio of Sergio Busquets, Gavi and Pedri remains an option which would mean Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Ilkay Gündogan all feature, meaning that one of Thomas Müller, Jamal Musiala or Gnabry would miss out.
In attack, Kai Havertz remains an option as Germany’s focal point but the Chelsea attacker struggled against Japan. However, it’s likely that Flick will keep Niclas Füllkrug and Youssoufa Moukoko as impact players. Leroy Sané took part in the team’s final training session on Saturday evening and Flick will make a late decision on his involvement.
Germany Predicted XI vs Spain
Manuel Neuer – Thilo Kehrer, Niklas Süle, Antonio Rüdiger, David Raum – Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka – Serge Gnabry, Ilkay Gündogan, Jamal Musiala – Kai Havertz.
GGFN | Daniel Pinder