A number of German footballing icons have urged Germany boss Joachim Low to drop Kai Havertz for his Chelsea teammate Timo Werner for Saturday’s clash against Portugal.
Having already lost against France in their opening fixture, Germany are now at risk of early elimination despite being one of the favourites if they lose to Group F leaders Portugal.
A 1-0 defeat to the world champions is certainly not something to be embarrassed about, but Low’s men were rather wasteful in the final third despite dominating the possession of the ball.
Unsurprisingly, many want to see a few changes in the Germany side on Saturday.
German outlet TZ interviewed seven of the nation’s footballing legends about their preferred line-ups for the decisive Portugal game.
Out of those seven, five dropped Havertz for Werner in their XIs, one [Thomas Strunz] included both, while Jurgen Kohler dropped both and surprisingly wants to see a traditional No.9 in Kevin Volland start instead.
Thomas Hassler, who is one of those that have included Werner in his line-up at Havertz’s expense, said: “We need a striker, there are two options.
“Kevin Volland always wants to, and he fights.
“Timo Werner would have to have [a lot of confidence] as a Champions League winner.”
1990 World Cup winner Olaf Thon has a similar idea, saying: “Germany must now fight their way into the tournament and make a statement.
“The offence needs an adjustment because Kai Havertz has not convinced. Why not give Timo Werner a chance?”