Nagelsmann explains decision to play Havertz at left-back

By Rune Gjerulff   @runegjerulff

Julian Nagelsmann has explained why Kai Havertz will start at left-back against Turkey.

Julian Nagelsmann.
Julian Nagelsmann. Photo: GEPA Pictures/Roger Petzsche

In a surprising move, Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann has decided to start Kai Havertz at left-back against Turkey tonight.

Known as a versatile player, the Arsenal star has played in midfield and all over the front line, but this is the first time he’s been used as a defender.

Speaking to RTL before the game, the Germany coach explained the reasoning behind the decision and made it clear that Havertz will not be playing a classic left-back role.

“We have different formations depending on how high the opponent stands and defends. Kai won’t always be in that position,” said Nagelsmann.

“I have a lot of ideas for him because he is an exceptionally good footballer. It’s a very good option. He won’t always play as the classic left-back that you might know.

The former Bayern Munich coach went on to praise Havertz for his “good pace” and “exceptional” heading ability.

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