Good morning, Fear the Wall.
The international break: why? Why does it need to happen? Europe is dealing with rampant coronavirus outbreaks, and many countries are on the verge of instituting border lockdowns. After the last international break, a flurry of players tested positive for COVID, a natural consequence of having your players jet off around the globe. With the condensed schedule, players are already facing fatigue, without the addition of international breaks and competitions like the UEFA Nations League.
Which brings me to my final question, which isn’t rhetorical: does anyone actually care about the UEFA Nations League? I’m not European and I don’t root particularly hard for any team in the competition. Is this competition, which has only been around for a few years, something that people actually care about, especially with the pandemic going on? Would anyone be upset if the competition was completely axed? I’m genuinely curious, please leave your answer below.
Anyway, speaking of the Nations League:
Marco Reus left out of Die Mannschaft
According to Ruhr Nachrichten, Marco Reus has been left out of the German National Team’s squad selection for the upcoming Nations League Matches. This was very surprising to many, but according to RN, it’s nothing for BVB fans to be concerned about. German manager Joachim Löw consulted with BVB manager Lucien Favre, and the two came to the mutual agreement that Reus needs further time in training to shake off his post-injury rust, and that he would spend the two-weeks of the international break in training. .
To be honest, it’s refreshing to see communication between national team and club managers about a player’s long-term health and minute management. It’s something that I wish other managers would do, especially with our current condensed schedule.
The Daily Buzz
As I asked above, do you actually care about the UEFA Nations League?