This was summed up quite excellently in an ESPN article during the last World Cup by Gabrielle Marcotti, where he talks about Lahm’s versatility and how returning him to right back from d-mid changed the entire German defense

For all of Lahm’s influence in the possession system as a playmaker, there’s another Lahm — let’s call him right-back Lahm — sitting in a little metal box that says “BREAK GLASS IN CASE OF EMERGENCY.” That’s what Low did. The question now is whether he puts him back in his little box and goes with the other one.

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