Julian Nagelsmann has explained why Kai Havertz will start at left-back against Turkey.
|Julian Nagelsmann.||Photo: GEPA Pictures/Roger Petzsche|
Known as a versatile player, the Arsenal star has played in midfield and all over the front line, but this is the first time he's been used as a defender.
Speaking to RTL before the game, the Germany coach explained the reasoning behind the decision and made it clear that Havertz will not be playing a classic left-back role.
"We have different formations depending on how high the opponent stands and defends. Kai won't always be in that position," said Nagelsmann.
"I have a lot of ideas for him because he is an exceptionally good footballer. It's a very good option. He won't always play as the classic left-back that you might know.
The former Bayern Munich coach went on to praise Havertz for his "good pace" and "exceptional" heading ability.