June 19, 2024

Hansi Flick before a surprise nomination – did that solve the big problem for the DFB team?

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to: Sasha Mor

Hansi Flick, DFB selection coach. © IMAGO / Click image Rudel / Robin Rudel

National coach Hansi Flick may cause a surprise when he nominates the DFB team for the 2022 World Cup, which would solve a big problem.

FRANKFURT – It won’t be long before the 2022 World Cup kicks off, with Germany battling in a group with Japan, Spain and Costa Rica for one of the first two places to qualify for the Round of 16 of the World Cup. The DFB selection did not get an easy group in the draw and they must show their best performance in every match so that they do not have to go home after the three matches in the preliminary round.

National coach Hansi Flick is tasked with nominating a balanced team that has the necessary quality and can handle the pressure. The Nations League international matches against Hungary and England were the last chance for DFB coach Hansi Flick to test the players and take a closer look. With Southampton’s Armel Bella-Kotchap, Flick showed creativity in the nomination and called the young center back for the first time. The former Bochum native made his debut against England when he came on as a late substitute.

World Cup 2022: the choice of the German Federation with problems in the center of the defence

The last two matches before the 2022 World Cup were not successful for the German national team. After a 0:1 upset against Hungary, in which national coach Hansi Flick’s team put up a frightening performance at times, it was at least enough for a draw against England. At Wembley Stadium in London, after taking a 2-0 lead, the DFB team completely lost the thread in the middle of the second half and conceded three goals in a very short period of time. At least a draw could be saved thanks to a goalkeeper’s mistake. The two matches mercilessly exposed the main problems of the German national team.

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The German Football Association’s defense was not strong at all. Real Madrid’s Antonio Rudiger, absent against Hungary and England, cannot be adequately replaced. Niklas Sule and Nico Schlutterbeek did not do well and kept making mistakes. The young Schlutterbeek in particular was a major uncertainty in the defense headquarters. He owed his second penalty kick in the Nations League season against England, because that happened to him in the first leg.

World Cup 2022: Mats Hummels is not without a chance to be nominated

Due to the fact that the central defense could not convince neither against Hungary nor in England, one of the winners is Mats Hummels, a player who was not exploited at all and a few weeks ago did not have a chance to participate in the World Cup. But in the Bundesliga, the 33-year-old has shown how important he is on the pitch since the start of the season. In the BVB it is designated and indispensable. Without the veteran, Borussia Dortmund’s defense is wobbly and clearly has glaring weaknesses, especially on set pieces.

“We are in regular contact and continue to discuss how we see the situation,” confirms Mats Hummels in a contact form with national coach Hansi Flick. The Germany coach has long realized that he could have problems with a central defense consisting of the Sule / Schlutterbeek duo in the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Antonio Rudiger looks ready, but the place next to him could actually go to Mats Hummels if the defender, who is still injured, offers up. A convincing performance in Borussia Dortmund.

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Meanwhile, a German goalkeeper would like to be part of the DFB team in the 2022 World Cup, but he has to queue up at the back. His star rose first in Denmark and now in the United States. Maybe it will still be a problem for Germany at the World Cup? Hani Mukhtar has hope. (smr)