Flexibility is the name of the game as Germany set marker

PARIS: Germany coach Joachim Loew has not used the same starting 11 in any of his team's four matches at the Euro 2016 so far and is unlikely to do so in their quarter-final clash with either holders Spain or Italy.

The world champions cruised past Slovakia 3-0 on Sunday, playing their most attractive football yet in the tournament and staking a claim for a fourth European title.

"There is not one single team," Loew said, after dropping Mario Goetze in favour of a speedy Julian Draxler, who scored one goal and set up another in the game.

The 30-year-old had missed their 2014 World Cup run through injury and his international career looked over as Loew opted to mostly use attacking midfielder Goetze as a striker in the past two years.

However, Gomez rekindled Loew's interest this season when he topped the Turkish league scorers' list and has continued his run at the Euro, also netting once against Slovakia.

With an abundance of talent and options on the bench that other teams can only dream of, Loew may continue playing the flexibility card as he shifts and tweaks his lineup on his way to the title.