Some football fans on social media are in disagreement with Bastian Schweinsteiger’s exclusion of Kai Havertz in his Germany line-up for Tuesday’s Euro 2020 group match against France.
It is not often that you would call Germany the underdogs — but they are likely not the favourites ahead of the big showdown against the strong France side.
The 2018 World Cup winners will have the home advantage, though. The game will take place at Allianz Arena, a familiar venue for many of their Bayern Munich stars.
Schweinsteiger believes Germany will have to compete with France’s strong midfield by having more bodies in that area.
France will likely have a trio of N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, and one of either Adrien Rabiot or Corentin Tolisso in midfield.
“You can play with three midfielders so that you can close the middle,” the former Bayern midfielder told ARD Sportchau (via Sport1).
“You need players who are also physically strong against the French.
“Maybe it makes sense to play Robin Koch or Emre Can to strengthen the midfield again.”
Schweinsteiger’s addition of Can into his line-up, however, would be at the expense of Havertz.
Some Chelsea fans and even German supporters on Twitter were clearly unimpressed with Havertz’s absence in Schweinsteiger’s line-up.
Based on Sport1‘s report, Germany boss Joachim Low seemed to have prepared a 3-4-3 line-up to face France, with Havertz or Leroy Sane being part of the front three alongside Thomas Muller and Serge Gnabry.
Timo Werner, on the other hand, will likely start from the bench as he was part of the reserve team during training.