We take a look at Germany's predicted line-up to face Ukraine in Leipzig on Saturday.
|Serge Gnabry.||Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0|
Germany coach Joachim Löw is set to make a number of changes to the team that beat the Czech Republic 1-0 on Wednesday when 'Die Mannschaft' lock horns with Ukraine in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday.
The likes of Manuel Neuer, Niklas Süle, Leroy Sané, Serge Gnabry and Timo Werner should come into the line-up after linking up with the team on Thursday.
"[Niklas Süle] had made a good impression in training. We assume that he will play tomorrow," Löw said at the pre-match press conference on Friday.
"I'm happy that Leroy Sané is back. Serge Gnabry and Timo Werner are also doing well. We assume that they will all start. As we saw in training yesterday, they have amazing speed, particularly without the ball, but with the ball as well. If they get the most out of their pace, they are extremely dangerous."
In central midfield, Löw's team will have to manage without the injured Joshua Kimmich and Toni Kroos, who is suspended.
Löw confirmed that Ilkay Gündogan will keep his starting spot in their absence, with Leon Goretzka and Florian Neuhaus among the options to play alongside him. Should Löw want to fit them both into his side, he could switch from three to four at the back.
"I'm very satisfied with our options in central midfield, although the absences of 'Jo' [Kimmich] and Toni Kroos hurt us, of course. Leon Goretzka is a more attacking option. Ilkay [Gündogan] did us a lot of good against the Czech Republic and is logically nailed on to start. 'Flo' Neuhaus has convinced us all in the last two games. The future belongs to him," said Löw.
Meanwhile, it looks like Philipp Max will start on the left side of defence once more after impressing in his debut on Wednesday.
"It's difficult to rank our left-backs. For a long time, we hardly had any options for this position. Now, unfortunately, three left-backs are unavailable. Robin Gosens, who had a good start with us, is injured, and Marcel Hastenberg is out as well. Nico Schulz has struggled with injuries in the last year. Philipp [Max] did very well against the Czech Republic and is also a clear option against Ukraine," said Löw.
To sum up, this is the team we expect to see against Ukraine:
|1||Manuel Neuer (C)|
|19||Leroy Sané ⚽ ↩86|
|9||Timo Werner ⚽⚽ ↩76|
|10||Julian Brandt ↪76|
|11||L. Waldschmidt ↪86|
|12||Andriy Pyatov (C)|
|6||Taras Stepanenko ↩69|
|17||Oleksandr Zinchenko ↩86|
|11||Marlos Romero Bonfim|
|9||Roman Yaremchuk ⚽ ↩75|
|19||Oleksandr Zubkov ↩74|
|10||Júnior Moraes ↪75|
|21||Bogdan Mykhaylichenko ↪74|
|14||Ihor Kharatin ↪86|
|18||Evgeny Makarenko ↪69|