Germany will travel to the World Cup in Brazil this summer as one of the favorites to win the tournament. Joachim Low’s team will hope to win their first international trophy in almost two decades.
Having one of the most talented pool of players in the world at his disposal, Low will be under a lot of pressure to perform. But finding the right balance amidst such a large squad of talented players is easier said than done and success will depend on Low’s ability to pick the right team.
Leading up to their friendly against Chile, Low stressed the importance of good form before a tournament and said that historically all successful German teams at the World Cup always had their key players in their best form going into and during the tournament.
Low faces several challenges not only picking the right squad but a functional starting 11. More than ever before during his spell as national team manager, form will decide a player’s spot in Brazil.
So if the World Cup started tomorrow, what would Germany’s starting lineup look like? Using Low’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation, let us take a look at Germany’s starters using Low’s criteria.