Football legend Franz Beckenbauer has suggested Germany should play without a classic ‘number nine’.
La Liga giants Barcelona have achieved great success playing with such a system, while the Spain national team have also enjoyed unprecedented glory using the model.
Beckenbauer, who won a World Cup with Germany as a player and coach, believes the current crop of German internationals is sufficiently talented enough, particularly in midfield, to successfully utilise the same system as well.
“With the players at Joachim Loew’s disposal, he has enough quality to play without a striker,” Beckenbauer told Bild.
“We have so many technically gifted and crafty midfielders that are able to attack in a dynamic way. Against France, sometimes (Mesut) Oezil was leading the line, sometimes it was another. Spain and Barcelona are showing the way in this respect.”
Nevertheless, Beckenbauer admits such a system would not work for every team and Bayern Munich are one of them.
“At Bayern the players are different. There is more importance to the wingers. When Franck Ribery attacks from the left, there needs to be a striker like Mario Gomez or Mario Mandzukic waiting in the centre,” he said.