About the goalkeeper issue Newer or Marc-Andre ter Stegen said the former captain of the national team in an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung: “If both are in excellent form, Neuer should be in goal. Simply because he emits so much and also evokes something in his opponents. The constellation in which he goes” Secondly, I don’t think so – it would be unfair to Ter Stegen. Any perceived hesitation would be immediately interpreted by the public, which would also be a great risk to internal relations.”

In the recent defeats in Berlin against Turkey (2:3) and in Vienna against Austria (0:2), Bayern Munich player Neuer has not yet entered the DFB squad. Frankfurt’s Kevin Trapp was in goal for both games as FC Barcelona’s Ter Stegen was unavailable with a back problem. Neuer is currently impressing with strong performances after suffering a long-term leg fracture.

“Kimmich is a great player”

Ballack also commented on the draw for the groups of the home European Championship 2024. Kimmichwhom he doesn’t necessarily see in midfield in Julian Nagelsmann’s DFB team.

“Kimmich is a great player who creates play and always wants to have the ball. He has a great opening game! And he can also work against the ball. But for me he is not a classic six,” said the former midfielder, adding: “I think Kimmich is even stronger at right-back. But: if I don’t have another six available in Germany, I just need to adjust Kimmich’s play accordingly. Then I tell him: we don’t have perfect defense. a partner who protects you means you must protect yourself.”

The German national team will play the first match of the tournament on June 14 in Munich. Group games will take place in Stuttgart (June 19) and Frankfurt am Main (June 24). The final will take place on July 14 in Berlin.
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