Lothar Matthäus would make four changes for Germany's clash with Spain.
|Lothar Matthäus.||Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0|
In a column in German tabloid Bild, Matthäus states that he would make four changes from Germany's disappointing 1-2 defeat against Japan, picking Thilo Kehrer, Christian Günter, Leon Goretzka and Niclas Füllkrug at the expense of Nico Schlotterbeck, David Raum, Thomas Müller and Kai Havertz.
"With Thomas Müller, I thought of my last tournament, the European Championship in 2000. Back then, I came off a two-week injury and never found my game. I did not have the impression that Müller is one hundred percent fit. He was not in the game," Matthäus wrote.
"In my opinion, Günter must play at left-back, with Kehrer on the right. Süle must play in central defense - or Ginter. Against Spain, a stable defense will be important.
"Starting with Goretzka next to Kimmich in midfield would also stabilize the team. Then Gündogan would move forward and Musiala play on the left. Gnabry stays on the right. And if Hansi wants to play his preferred 4-2-3-1 system, Füllkrug has to come in as a real No. 9."
Here's the team Matthäus would field: