After the last disappointing games, the DFB team is expected to achieve its first victory of the year against Turkey on Wednesday evening. A young eleven is expected to make it happen. For the Turkish team, too, the test match will be a dress rehearsal.
Before the UEFA National League games against Ukraine and Switzerland, the German national soccer team will play a test match against Turkey on Wednesday evening. The venue is the Rheinenergiestadion in Cologne. Kick-off is at 20:45. The international match will take place in front of a maximum of 300 spectators.
The test game is also the 26th meeting between the two countries. Turkey has only been able to win six times in the past, while Germany has recorded 15 victories. The German national team also won the last three games.
Both teams want to win, because the last games did not go well. The protégés of national coach Joachim Löw could only achieve a draw each against Spain (1:1) and Switzerland (1:1). With the Turks the balance is similar: a draw against Serbia (0:0) and an unexpected defeat against Hungary (0:1).
The Turkish national coach Güneş wants to use the opportunity as a dress rehearsal and will probably play mainly with regular players. A victory would give the team self-confidence before the Nations League games this weekend.
Löw, on the other hand, is counting on a young team. Bernd Leno, Kai Havertz, Julian Brandt and Nico Schulz are expected in the starting eleven. The young players will be led by experienced professionals such as Emre Can, Matthias Ginter, Antonio Rüdiger and captain Julian Draxler.
Güneş pointed out the special relationship between Germany and Turkey before the game and explained that many Turks have lived in Germany for generations: “Many of our children were born and raised here. And some play for our national team. Some of them will play against the German national team tomorrow”. That makes the encounter something special. He expects a fair game, in which the German-Turkish friendship is the main focus.
TRT German and agencies.