German coach Joachim Low has ruled out transferring international matches from ‘Manschaft’ to another country due to the rules surrounding the Coronavirus. “We will not be playing international matches anywhere else, like in Budapest, because we believe that it does not make sense,” Löw told RTL. “At least we play our home games in Germany.”
Thus Loew was referring to RB Leipzig’s matches against Liverpool, both of whom played in Budapest, due to Germany’s rules for travelers from the United Kingdom. According to the national coach, in a city like Budapest, there was a higher chance of contracting the virus compared to Leipzig or Liverpool, so it makes no sense to go there.
Germany will play at home on March 25 against Iceland and on March 31 against North Macedonia. In between, on March 28, Germany will go to Romania.
Germany’s commitment to imposing a two-week quarantine on all comers from the UK means Low cannot count on Chelsea’s Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Antonio Rudiger, Arsenal’s Bernd Leno and Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan.
The national coach also announced that he would not resume these five players for the first leg in Romania, as the quarantine rules were not affected. “We are in a bubble and when the players join it, it always creates risks.”
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