German coach Joachim Loew is facing a difficult year which could affect his preparations for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Loew seems to be trapped in a difficult situation as he, on one hand, has to select a competitive team for this summer’s 2017 Confederations Cup and at the same time prepares his talented youngsters for the European U21 Championships in Poland mid-June 2017.
What makes Loew’s job tricky is that the Bundesliga clubs want a break from international duty in summer.
World Cup winners like Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Thomas Mueller and Manuel Neuer, all from Bayern Munich, will most likely get a break during the Confederations Cup on June 17-July 2. Younger talents like Julian Weigl, Andre Schuerrle, Gonzalo Castro and Marco Reus will most likely have to fill the gap, as will several younger team members.
Several club officials, such as Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, are insisting on time off for their employees between the 2016 European Championships and the 2018 World Cup.
Watzke sees no point in playing the Confed Cup, calling it a “low-value competition”.
“Nobody would be sad if the tournament was canceled,” e said while Schalke 04 manager Christian Heidel called the event a “redundant competition”.
Leverkusen managing director Rudi Voeller has already met national team manager Oliver Bierhoff to express the club’s concern.
Heidel urged Loew and the association’s officials to not only consider the strain and stress for senior team members but for the youngsters as well.
Watzke is on the alert because he feels more Bayern Munich players will get a break and rumors around his club accuse Loew of giving the Bundesliga top dogs a bonus.
The Bundesliga managers are demanding a solution that recognizes the clubs’ worries, but first of all, there has to be a meeting between the parties involved.
At the same time, Loew does not want to risk picking a side could be an embarrassment.
In contrast to the clubs, Loew and the German association regard the youngsters as resistant enough to withstand an energy-sapping tournament.
Loew’ s original intention was to carry out a certainly restructure phase for his team as several of his key figures have all retired from the international stage.
With regulars are sure of their places, players such as Julian Draxler are all battling for time on the pitch.
The England game showed Germany’ s young hopefuls just how long the way is before they can become top international players.
For at least 45 minutes, the new-look England was the more mature and better team.
Loew said it is one of his main tasks to develop young players for the international stage. He also stressed the need for patience as his team delivered a performance far from satisfying.
The focus, however, changes this Sunday as the German national team faces Azerbaijan in its next World Cup qualifier in Baku.
(With Inputs From Xinhua)