Doha: Germany’s captain Joshua Kimmich said that his team is eager to forget the horror show that was the 2018 World Cup when they take on Japan on Wednesday.
Four years ago, in Russia, the four-time world champions were humiliated by losing in the group stage for the first time in their historic history.
In their Group E opening against Japan, Germany will try to vent their fury, and Kimmich said that their drive leading up to the game was “massive.”
The Bayern Munich player stated, “We know what occurred four and a half years ago was bad, so we had quite a wait.”
“The opening contest is crucial. I’m hoping we win tomorrow since we didn’t win the tournament at the previous Euros because we lost our first game.”
Leroy Sane will not play for Germany against Japan after the winger’s knee injury was ruled out on Tuesday.
Sane might return for Germany’s second match against Spain on Sunday, according to manager Hansi Flick, but in the meantime, he could look to Thomas Mueller to fill the void.
Despite recent injury setbacks for Mueller, Flick maintained the seasoned player was “absolutely a possibility” against Japan.
He performed a great job today in training, and we were pleased with him, said Flick.
So yeah, Thomas Mueller has given us one more alternative.
Kimmich spoke of the risk presented by Japan, which has eight players with Bundesliga affiliations, including Daichi Kamada of Eintracht Frankfurt.
While describing Kamada as “a clever player with a lot of brains,” Kimmich issued a warning that other Japanese players may potentially pose a threat to Germany.
Numerous players from Japan compete in the Bundesliga, and almost all of them are powerful, quick, and nimble.
We must exercise caution since they have excellent skill.