For the first time since the 2002 World Cup, Germany will play in an international tournament without Philipp Lahm. The German national team lost not only its captain, but also a tactically fundamental player who left no heirs. After all, can a fullback who, according to Pep Guardiola, has the same football intelligence as Iniesta be replaced?
Therefore there is a dual absence: on Löw’s roster of 23 players for Euro 2016 there is neither a native right back nor a midfielder able to control pace and spaces as naturally as Lahm.
In the last two years Löw has tried to fill the void orienting Emre Can and Sebastian Rudy along the same path as Lahm, even if it has been in the opposite direction: from midfielders to right backs. A way to have a player capable of handling the ball intelligently on the wings, in a game of football where building up play at the centre is increasingly complicated.