Two of the past three World Cup winners lock horns in Stuttgart on Thursday evening (7:45pm) when Germany host Spain.
Both teams are in the process of re-building after establishing respective dynasties in the 2010s with Die Mannschaft still reeling from their disappointing exit at the last World Cup finals.
Joachim Löw has managed to lift them up and going deep into the second edition of the Uefa Nation League could go a long way to getting them back on track, having only been saved from relegation by a competition restructure last time out. The same could be said for La Roja, whom many still idolise.
They’ve been hit and miss these past few years, but Luis Enrique — who returns after taking much-needed time away — is starting to imprint his ideals on the former all-conquering nation. Although they will need to improve on their poor record, winning just once away against the Germans came in 1935
Where to watch Germany vs Spain on TV:
UK: Sky Sports Premier League
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Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry — who all starred in Bayern’s recent Champions League winning run — sit out this game alongside Marc-André ter Stegen and Jonas Hector with manager Joachim Löw set to hand debuts to Robin Gosens and Florian Neuhaus.
Iñigo Martínez, Saúl, Santi Cazorla and Alvaro Morata are the only Spanish players who started in their comfortable 5-0 win over Romania last November that will not take on Germany as they’ve not been called up by returning boss Luis Enrique.
Adama Traore is currently a doubt, having tested positive for coronavirus, but will take a second test on Tuesday to confirm whether he will have to pull out of the squad.
Players to watch:
Germany: It’s fair to say Germany have begun recovering following their humiliating exit from the 2018 World Cup finals, with manager Joachim Löw determined to rejuvenate his squad. This most recent selection features 11 players who have collected less than 10 international caps including three looking to earn their first. Someone a tad more experienced is Chelsea’s latest recruit Timo Werner who’s set to lead the line, and he’s earned that privilege having scored 11 goals in 29 matches. However, the 24-year-old will need to improve on his recent form, having only netted three times across his last 15 appearances for Die Mannschaft.
Spain: Standing up to Werner is Spain’s most capped international Sergio Ramos, who for many observers now enters his twilight years. Given the warrior spirit he possesses you just know Ramos is determined to prove those doubters wrong. There’s no better challenge than keeping Germany’s attack quiet but, as we’ve seen before, if given a chance Real Madrid’s captain will punish the four-time world champions at the other end of the pitch. Ramos goes into this game having netted four times across his last nine international appearances and ended the 2019/20 La Liga campaign in fine goalscoring form.