Germany boss addresses surprising lineup selections made ahead of devastating 2-1 loss to Spain

Germany’s coach Julian Nagelsmann explained his surprising lineup choices prior to Germany’s 2-1 loss to Spain.

He replaced Nico Schlotterbeck with Jonathan Tah, Maximilian Mittelstädt with David Raum, and Florian Wirtz with Leroy Sané. The most unexpected change was Emre Can starting over Robert Andrich.

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Nagelsmann appreciated Can’s speed and defensive skills, crucial against Spain’s Fabian Ruiz, though Can struggled and was substituted at halftime. Nagelsmann selected Sané for his counterattacking potential, but Sané, struggling with injuries, failed to impact and was also substituted at halftime. Despite Nagelsmann’s attempts to adjust, Germany couldn’t overcome Spain, leading to their elimination from Euro 2024.

Nagelsmann elaborated that Can’s inclusion was due to his speed and defensive abilities, which he thought would be key in dealing with Spain’s Fabian Ruiz. However, Can’s performance didn’t meet expectations, leading to his removal at halftime.

Similarly, Nagelsmann hoped Sané’s pace and counterattacking prowess would exploit Spain’s vulnerabilities, but Sané struggled to find his rhythm and was also taken off at halftime. Despite making adjustments, Germany’s efforts fell short, resulting in their exit from Euro 2024.

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