BFW Roundtable: Germany’s starting XI for the 2022 World Cup

We heard from Lothar Matthäus, now it’s our turn to choose our line-ups for this German team at the World Cup. In case you missed it, INNN and Tom have already discussed their choices at Bavarian Podcast Works – now a few more BFW staff writers are participating Hansi Elf.

Also, listen to the pod if you haven’t already:

Now without hesitation!


With Germany’s official squad announced, all questionable tips aside, who should be the champagne XI for Hansi Flick’s Germany? Here is my lineup:

My choice for Germany’s best eleven

The line-up will be Flick’s standard 4-2-3-1. We have Bayern Munich legend Manuel Neuer in goal; Marc-André ter Stegen from FC Barcelona and Kevin Trapp from Eintracht Frankfurt will not play realistically.

The defense will consist of RB Leipzig’s David Raum, Real Madrid’s Antonio Rüdiger, Borussia Dortmund’s Nico Schlotterbeck and all but West Ham’s Thilo Kehrer at right-back. This position could be filled by Dortmund’s Niklas Süle or Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Jonas Hofmann; Süle can transform into Sülinho and Hofmann can be an attacking full-back.

At the heart of this are Bayern team-mates Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka, with Manchester City’s İlkay Gündoğan set to be the player who can fill in for either. Kimmich and Goretzka are a solid partnership and they already know each other at club level so there shouldn’t be any problems there.

The wingers/attackers are Leroy Sané on the left, one of Serge Gnabry or Jamal Musiala on the right, Thomas Müller in the 10 and Werder Bremen’s Niclas Füllkrug at the top. Sané is in Sané right now while Gnabry’s form is improving; Müller and Musiala are themselves and should fit in well; Füllkrug at the top because we’ve been looking for a real striker and it will be interesting to see how he fares on the international stage. If we finish early, Müller can be rested and Musiala can start.


The full Hansi

This is where Hansi comes in: forward, aggressive, high on the pitch. Is it a back three, a back four? Nah fam it’s a back newer don’t worry.

If Flick takes inspiration from Julian Nagelsmann’s Bayern side, he will have Sané play on the right flank, while Gnabry and Müller revive their roles – perhaps with Chelsea’s Kai Havertz or Werder Bremen’s Niclas Füllkrug on the 9 to Müller (ten World Cup goals). to his name!) returns.

In midfield, Manchester City’s İlkay Gündoğan provides smooth control and defensive positioning alongside Joshua Kimmich (and behind David Raum). In defence, it will be up to Niklas Süle to be ready to grab a regular role. Kehrer isn’t as bold but perhaps more natural at right-back, while Ginter is solid and no-nonsense in the middle. Look for Lukas Klostermann to take over at right-back once he’s fit again.

After the Oman game, the left-back is an intriguing place for me as SC Freiburg’s Christian Günter impressed. I wouldn’t be shocked if space is crowded out.

Teddy “Maverick” son

Manuel Neuer will wear the captain’s armband in goal. Flick has already confirmed Neuer will be number 1 in Qatar so that’s a no-brainer.

There are many question marks in defense. Knowing Flick, he will likely do what everyone fears and start Thilo Kehrer, who is having a terrible season at West Ham but what he should do is move Niklas Süle to the right flank. Flick already played Süle successfully as a full-back at Bayern, so why not try again for the national team? Flick should have called Mats Hummels in the middle, but since he left, Matthias Ginter should start alongside Antonio Rüdiger. Ginter was solid for Germany at Euro 2020 and he hasn’t been bad for Freiburg this season. Nico Schlotterbeck is too error-prone to trust him on the biggest stage in world football. On the left, David Raum seems to have made the position his own, so he’s staying there.

The midfield is simple, with Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka taking on their Bayern roles for the national team. Both have been in very good form lately and Flick would be unwise not to start them.

The attack is also a mystery, but one thing is certain: Flick must make full use of Bayern’s contingent. Serge Gnabry, Thomas Müller, Leroy Sané and Jamal Musiala have all impressed this season and Flick has to pick three of the four. With Müller just coming back from injury, Sané, Musiala and Gnabry are likely to be in the starting XI for now, but Müller has next to no experience so he would probably be the best option to start once he’s fit. At the forefront is Bremen’s Niclas Füllkrug, who has had an outstanding season with his team. Even if he has no international experience so far, he is exactly the type of classic No. 9 that Germany needs at the moment. Flick has always benefited from having a real striker up front at Bayern and it would be worth giving Füllkrug the chance it deserves.


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