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Spain: Simon – Roberto, Ramos (c), P. Torres, Gaya – Rodri, Canales – Olmo, Koke, F. Torres – Morata
Subs: De Gea, Kepa, Cucurella, Inigo Martinez, Llorente, Moreno, Asensio, Traore, Garcia, Ruiz, Merino, Oyarzabal
Out: Busquets (knee), Fati (knee), Navas (knock)
Coach: Luis Enrique
Germany: Neuer (c) – Ginter, Süle, Koch, Max – Gündogan, Kroos, Goretzka – Gnabry, Sane – Werner
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) November 17, 2020
Subs: Leno, Trapp, Uduokhai, Tah, Neuhaus, Amiri, Brandt, Waldschmidt, Henrichs, Stark, Dahoud
Out: Baumann (not included), Draxler (not included), Gosens (calf), Halstenberg (groin), Hofmann (thigh), Kehrer (knock), Kimmich (knee), Klostermann (knee), Rüdiger (suspended), Schulz (calf)
Coach: Joachim Löw
Watch: Manuel Neuer’s top 5 Bundesliga saves
- Germany are currently on a 12-game unbeaten run stretching back to September 2019.
- Neuer is set to win his 95th cap. Of the current squad, only Kroos has more (100).
- Sane’s strike against Ukraine was his fifth goal in 23 senior international appearances.
- Spain have conceded the first goal in six of their previous nine Nations League matches.
- Olmo has one goal and an assist to show for his first seven appearances for Spain.
- Bayern’s Javi Martinez has not played for Spain in over three years, but was part of his country’s 2010 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2012-winning teams.
Neuer was one of five Bayern players back in the mix for Germany in their meeting with Ukraine at the weekend. Defender Niklas Süle, midfielder Leon Goretzka and forwards Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane also started, having missed the 1-0 friendly win over Czech Republic, and it’s just as well. Goretzka produced two assists, including one for Sane, as Germany ran out 3-1 winners to put their fate in their own hands. As long as Joachim Löw’s side avoid defeat against Spain – the reverse fixture ended 1-1 – they will join defending world champions France in next year’s finals. Given the high stakes, Löw recalls influential midfielder Toni Kroos following a one-match ban. Former Freiburg defensive specialist Robin Koch impressed in a holding role last time out, but reverts to central defence in place of the suspended Antonio Rüdiger. Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich will watch proceedings from afar, after recently undergoing knee surgery.
With as many assists as Kimmich after seven league matches (four), Olmo has made a bright start to his first full season of Bundesliga football. The 22-year-old playmaker was a second-half substitute in Spain’s 1-1 friendly draw with the Netherlands, but earned his seventh international cap as a starter against Switzerland on Saturday. Despite his best efforts, the contest finished one apiece after Borussia Mönchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer saved not one but two Sergio Ramos penalties to leave Luis Enrique’s charges second in the section and needing to beat group leaders Germany to reach the four-team final tournament. Their task isn’t helped by news that Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets misses out with a knee problem, meaning a start for Manchester City’s Rodri. Olmo retains his place ahead of Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio, but former Bayern string-puller Thiago Alcantara has not been included in the November roster due to injury.
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