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Will Toni Kroos start for Germany against Switzerland in UEFA Euro 2024?

Published at :June 22, 2024 at 6:52 AM
Modified at :June 22, 2024 at 6:52 AM
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Rajarshi Shukla


Die Mannschaft have secured place in last 16 of Euro 2024.

In their final Group A match at Euro 2024 against Switzerland, Julian Nagelsmann may decide to start the same lineup for Germany.

Germany, having already advanced to the round of 16, are vying for the top spot in Frankfurt and know that a point will be sufficient to secure them as group champions.

While other managers might choose to rotate their squad, Nagelsmann has stated he is unlikely to make significant changes, as he does not want to risk losing momentum.

As a result, even though Robert Andrich, Jonathan Tah, Maximilian Mittelstädt, and Antonio Rüdiger are all one caution away from suspension, the starting lineup may remain the same for the third straight game.

“I do think it is important to have as many players from the starting XI on the pitch so that we stay in the rhythm,” Nagelsmann said after the win over Hungary. “Do not expect to have seven changes to the team. I can rule that out now.”

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Will Kroos Play Against Switzerland?

The match further highlighted Toni Kroos’s importance as the team’s captain, with Julian Nagelsmann doing everything possible to accommodate him. However, Kroos might be rested against Switzerland to prepare for the round of 16.

At 34, Kroos is showing signs of fatigue. Over 53 games, he has played an incredible 3,607 minutes (plus injury time). For a midfielder nearing the end of his career, this is quite an accomplishment.

Kroos himself revealed on the popular podcast he co-hosts with his brother that he expected to miss the first game due to a chronic neckache.

However, since he is retiring after the Euros, these are his last games as a professional, making the suffering seem worthwhile. Due to his decreased mobility, Nagelsmann has adapted Kroos into a ball-handling point guard rather than asking him to play his usual midfield role.

Antonio Rüdiger and Jonathan Tah, the center defenders, positioned themselves deep to the left of Kroos, who took control of the game. He kept probing, testing, passing, and receiving the ball until he spotted the opportunity for a pass that only a select few can predict and execute.

These strategic decisions by Nagelsmann underline the importance of maintaining team rhythm and leveraging the experience of seasoned players like Kroos as Germany aims for Euro 2024 glory.

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