2020 Eurocup Qualifiers: Germany ignores the absence of Leroy Sane before the Dutch derby
BERLIN: the resurgence of Joachim Loew Germany side face their first test without Manchester city Exterior Leroy Sane when they renew their rivalry with the neighbors of Netherlands in Friday’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Hamburg.
Sane, 23, is one of several German players who got lost due to an injury, including Julian Draxler and Thilo Kehrer, after he had torn his knee ligaments during the City Community Shield's victory over Liverpool last month.
The twinkle-toed Exterior has been a key part of the national team's recovery from their World Cup debacle last year, scoring in five of Germany 's last six games.
Two of those goals have come against Friday's opponents the Netherlands , who Germany have faced three times since last October in a resumption of one of international football The biggest rivalries.
However, Sane's teammates insisted this week that they could make up for his absence.
Leroy creates a lot of space and is very important for the team, but we have a lot of quality to replace it, Borussia Dortmund player Marco Reus said on Wednesday.
Sane is expected to be replaced by in-form RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, who is hoping to fight his way back into the Germany first team.
Leroy's unfortunate injury means there is a space in the attack. I think I can show the same performances I have for my club, said Werner, who has scored five goals in three games for Leipzig this season.
Having twice failed to beat the Dutch in the Nations League last year, Germany 's 3-2 win in Amsterdam in March marked a change in fortunes and left them six points clear of their rivals in qualifying Group C.
Therefore, the victory in Hamburg would represent a great step towards qualification, adding more flavor to the cross-border derby.
"Games against the Netherlands are always big, iconic games. You stand on the pitch and think: 'awesome'," said Reus.
For the Dutch in particular, the location of Friday's game is fateful.
It was in Hamburg that Marco Van Basten fired a late winner past West Germany to send the Netherlands into the final of the 1988 European Championships, where they won their only major title to date.
31 years later, the Dutch are under pressure after accumulating only three points in their first two games.
They currently sit in the Group C play-off spot, nine points behind the leaders of Northern Ireland, although with two games in hand.
Yet at a press conference Monday manager Ronald Koeman dismissed the notion that the match against Germany was a case of do-or-die for his team.
"The game against Germany is not crucial," said Koeman, who played in the 1988 semi-final and famously pretended to wipe his backside with a German shirt after the match.
We have to get twelve points in the games against Estonia and Belarus and accumulate more points than Northern Ireland in our two games with them, he said.