Herzogenaurach (DPA) – Thomas Muller and Leon Goretzka smiled slyly and suddenly turned around. ‘One more lap’, the Bayern duo were told when they made an early stop at the DFB team’s training ground during the charity race with Adidas staff in Herzogenaurach on Tuesday.
National coach Hansi Flick was waiting there, who, at 10:51 a.m. on time, began preparing his team for intense days in the Nations League – including tough personal decisions about the Qatar World Cup.
“Based on the past few years, you can’t say we’re among the best in the world. But we want to go back there,” Goretzka said later in the day after running on the Home Ground with several selfies. Lots of short talks. Running for the Oceans aims to draw attention to the pollution of the world’s oceans. Once again, the Bayern star thought about other topics – from violence against referees in amateur stadiums (“scary development”) to changing the stage around Robert Lewandowski. He appealed to Bayern Munich and the world football player to keep emotions away and find “the best solution for both sides”.
Upcoming Games “Good Indicators”
For the national team, the focus now is on Saturday’s matches (8.45pm/RTL) in Bologna against European champions Italy and then in Munich against England, in Budapest against Hungary and then again against Italy in Mönchengladbach. “Good indicators”, as Goretzka ranked four internationals in tight timing. And as a true assessment of your position, who Flick sees is currently at the helm of his 26-man squad less than six months before the World Cup kicks off in Doha.
With the exception of Christmas boy Marco Reus (33), who has been absent due to injury, and Leverkusen super talent Florian Virts, who has been injured for a long time, Flick has the best field players at his disposal. In addition to captain Manuel Neuer, a few players have been set in goal for sure. “Our whole squad is so well-equipped that it would be fatal for a coach to give a player a guarantee from eleven starts,” said Goretzka, who wants to be the first choice in midfield. . “
can “check a lot”
In midfield, for example, young Djamel Musyala is putting real pressure on Bayern’s most famous teammates, Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich, both of whom had a difficult second half of the season. At the heart of the defence, Niko Schlutterbeek, the new signing of Borussia Dortmund, is hiding behind his teammate Niklas Sule and Antonio Rudiger. The only pro who has always played under Flick is the mostly inconspicuous Thilo Kehrer.
“I’m not surprised, I know how much work is behind it,” the French champions Paris Saint-Germain defender said confidently. Flick uses it mostly at linebackers. “I feel incredibly good. I think we can achieve a lot,” the evergreen Kehrer told Flick.
The best conditions in Herzogenaurach
A drone carrying a camera flew over the training ground at Adi Dassler Stadium again on Tuesday. Everything was filmed. Flick and his support team didn’t leave anything to chance. “We will use the time to optimally prepare our opponents,” the coach declared, adding: “It’s something special at Herzogenaurach. We have the best conditions there. Everything is ready for us to perform.”
Flick is proceeding with caution, often seeking one-on-one conversations with his co-stars after a grueling season that wasn’t particularly successful for many national players. “We will use the breadth of the team and trust the other players as well,” he said, referring to four matches in just ten days. “This should be the case in the World Cup.” European champion Kevin Trapp of Eintracht Frankfurt was able to get his shot at goal in a match, but not initially against the Italians who did not qualify for the World Cup.
Hansey wants to “push ourselves”
“Italy is a great team,” Kahrer said. “We also know we have a lot of quality. We want to take important steps in preparation for the World Cup.” Goretzka reported a very intense training session. “That’s what Hansi wants to see,” said the 27-year-old. “To push ourselves. This competitive mode of training makes us better.”
The four Nations League matches, once criticized as unnecessary, will play their part in the atmosphere outside of ‘home’. Goretzka spoke of the “absolute power of football” under Flick, which “was very enjoyable for us on the pitch as well as for the spectators”. Every soccer player wants to win matches against top class opponents. Goretzka noted that it remains to be seen whether the Nations League competition itself provides the motivation.
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