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Bundestrainer Flick blickt auf die WM 2022 zurück: “Waren defensiv einfach nur Durchschnitt”

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Status: 12/17/2022 3:42 p.m

Hansi Flick will be in talks with some players “in the next few weeks” about the possible end of their careers. In an interview with the sports show, the national coach named the main reason for the early failure at the World Cup: “Defensively, we were just average.”

It is to be expected that some German internationals from the squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will no longer receive invitations in the future. “We have thought about it. I will discuss this with the players in the next few weeks,” said national coach Hansi Flick in an interview with the sports show.

About three weeks after another preliminary round at a world championship, Flick did not name any names.

What’s next for Müller and Gündogan?

Immediately after the last game against Costa Rica on December 1, 33-year-old Thomas Müller announced his departure, and İlkay Gündoğan, who is a year younger, is also considered a candidate to end his career in the national team.

Manuel Neuer, on the other hand, said that he also wanted to continue with the selection of the German Football Association. Shortly thereafter, the 36-year-old goalkeeper broke his leg in a skiing accident. That’s why Bayern Munich will miss him for the rest of the season. “It’s important for Manuel that he gets well again,” said Flick.

The crisis summit at the German Football Association (DFB) about the future of national coach Hansi Flick ended after two and a half hours: the 57-year-old remains the DFB coach.

Flick is “still disappointed”

The national coach said he was “still disappointed” but had “read little” in the weeks after leaving Doha.

Flick named the defensive work of the entire team as the main reason for the failure as third in the group with the Spaniards, who were tied on points: “Defensively we were just average. “It was about creating a “compactness, but that wasn’t there”.

He noticed that before the last 20 minutes, when Germany lost a 1-0 lead against Japan at the start of the tournament and lost 2-1.

Mends justify setting up later

Regarding the accusation that he had changed the defensive chain too often in the run-up to the World Cup and that he hadn’t called up his supposedly best eleven even in the last friendly in Oman, Flick said: “The DFB also has to make money, so only six changes were allowed.”

He would have preferred to make a complete change during the break and let his team play for Japan for half a period. However, since this is not possible in an official test match under the umbrella of the world association FIFA, which is much easier to market, he paid particular attention to controlling the load. A few national players had still been playing in the Bundesliga three days before the test in Oman on November 16.

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