In a highly anticipated international friendly clash, Germany will lock horns with Turkey in Berlin on Saturday night, as Euro 2024 hosts Germany aim to regain momentum against a resilient Turkish side.
As hosts of Euro 2024, Germany’s automatic qualification has led to a series of friendlies, building patterns of play for the upcoming tournament.
While their recent friendlies saw mixed results, including notable wins against France and the United States, their focus remains on tactical refinement and team cohesion.
Julian Nagelsmann’s squad aims to sharpen their form ahead of their final match of the year against Austria.
Despite their absence from competitive fixtures since the 2022 World Cup, Germany remains eager to bounce back from recent early World Cup exits and aim for Euro glory.
Turkey, securing their place in the Euro 2024 finals, enter this friendly with no immediate pressure to secure a positive result against Wales in their final qualifier.
Under Vincenzo Montella, Turkey has demonstrated promise, securing 16 points from seven Group D qualifying games.
Though Turkey faced a 4-2 defeat to Japan in their last friendly, wins against Croatia and Latvia in October highlight their capabilities.
With ambitions to improve their Euro track record after two consecutive group-stage exits, Turkey aims to test themselves against strong opposition.
Germany (Friendly): L-L-L-W-W-D
Turkey (Friendly): D-W-L-W-W-L
Turkey (All Competitions): W-W-D-L-W-W
Germany faces the absence of Jamal Musiala due to a hamstring issue, but newcomers like Marvin Ducksch, Robert Andrich, and Grischa Promel seek to make their mark in their debut appearances.
Nagelsmann’s focus on squad evaluation might see Julian Brandt stepping in for Musiala, supporting a potent attacking trio of Leroy Sane, Florian Wirtz, and Niclas Fullkrug.
Turkey, expecting a stern test, will likely field a robust XI featuring talents like Kerem Akturkoglu, Baris Alper Yilmaz, and Yunus Akgun.
With experienced figures like Cenk Tosun and Hakan Calhanoglu leading the charge, Turkey aims for a strong showing against Germany.
Tah, Hummels, Rudiger, Henrichs;
Wirtz, Brandt, Sane;
Kadioglu, Akaydin, Bardakci, Ozkacar;
Akgun, Calhanoglu, Yuksek, Ozcan, Akturkoglu;
Prediction: Germany 2-2 Turkey
Expect an intense and goal-filled clash between Germany and Turkey. With both sides possessing attacking prowess, a thrilling draw seems probable in this exciting international friendly.