DFB coach Hrubesch surprises with lineup in France

In Lyon, the DFB team is simultaneously aiming for a place in the Nations League final and a ticket to the Olympics. The national coach has thought about something for the line-up.

Interim national coach Horst Hrubesch is relying entirely on an offensive orientation in the Olympic showdown for German footballers. In the Nations League semi-final against France on Friday (from 9 p.m. in the live ticker on t-online) in Lyon, a double leadership team consisting of captain Alexandra Popp and Lea Schüller will appear.

“I think it will be a physical game that will be about who wants it more,” said Hrubesch at the press conference at Groupama Stadium: “We have to put everything together. And we can look forward to a great game.” Before the “50-50” game, the 72-year-old was confident: “I am absolutely convinced of my girls.”

With a win in France, the DFB women would secure one of the two open tickets for the summer games in Paris. Since the French are already qualified as Olympic hosts, an away win in the game for third place on Wednesday would be enough in the event of a defeat. World champions Spain and the Netherlands meet in the second semi-final.