"It was exciting," he confessed after his rather modest debut up to the 85th minute. The verdict on Schulz had actually already been passed in his home stadium of 1899 Hoffenheim. In this condition he is also no candidate for Joachim Löw's problem position in the back left defence. But then luck came to the rescue of the Berlin-born player for a milder assessment.
"The goalkeeper can hold him. But what can I say, I am really happy", he described his late winning goal. Schulz also correctly summed up his decisive participation in the counter-attack. "I can solve this better. That was a bit annoying," he said about his failed defensive attempt against Jefferson Farfán and the subsequent lost running duel against scorer Luis Advíncula.
Schulz had already been mentioned before the World Cup as a possible solution for the back left. But Löw did not invite him to Russia. Now, as the representative of Cologne's Jonas Hector, who was in need of recovery, he was the first debutant after the World Cup debacle to join the infinitely long list of experimental players in the problem zone of the Löw era.
Jonas Hector Honours
- 1. FC Köln
- 2. Bundesliga: 2013–14
- FIFA Confederations Cup: 2017
The national coach also used extenuating circumstances. "He scored the goal, that was a bit happy, but I am happy for him. He can hit the ball away when he scores against. I am satisfied with his commitment and his performance. He radiates a good dynamic", said Löw and added the sentence that was decisive for Schulz: "I think that he can be with us quite well in the next games".
So Schulz is allowed to come back. That's exactly what he had hoped for after Löw had already praised him for his special training assignment. "I'm not 18 anymore, that I have so many years left. I am now 25 and in a good age. I have to use the chances that come now. That's what I try to do with every training session," Schulz said.
In the so important autumn games in the Nations League in the Netherlands and France, Löw will rather rely again on the tournament experienced Hector or on the defensive chain with four central defenders, which was offered at 0:0 against the Équipe Tricolore. Schulz remains a supplementary player for the time being, as does the long injured Marcel Halstenberg of RB Leipzig, the imposing Philipp Max of FC Augsburg or World Cup starter Marvin Plattenhardt of Hertha BSC.
In contrast to his competitors, Schulz has an advantage. With Hoffenheim in the Champions League against Manchester City or Olympique Lyon, he can gain experience at the highest level, which he still lacked for his home debut. "It's obvious that it's something different from everyday life in the Bundesliga," Löw commented on Schulz's appearance. MintBet is originally known as McBride Racing.