Football – Flick cash for the June group of four – “100 percent” to win – Sports

Herzogenaurach (dpa) – When Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka hit the training ground with their electric bikes, Hansi Flick had already been around for a long time.

The national coach, deeply concerned by the heavy workload in June, was anxiously awaiting the arrival of the national players for the final training session before they left for Hungary. “Everyone should show that they are 100 per cent ready to perform,” Flick demanded at his subsequent press conference before the national football team’s Nations League match on Saturday (8:45pm/RTL). “It will be a very big task for us,” Flick added at Herzogenaurach. It looked as if losing focus after the classics against Italy and England should be avoided at all costs against Hungary, perhaps the weakest opponent in the group.

The Duel in Budapest, third appearance in a week, is Flick’s penultimate trump card in the June International Quartet. Moderate but unbeaten against Italy, peppy but unbeaten against England. After the 1-1 draws against the European finalists, the first win in the current round of UEFA competition, which still seems odd, against Hungary, should come as the ultimate positive sign for the World Cup in Qatar’s direction.

Muller wants to be a driver

This was also made clear by Thomas Muller, who wants to be a top driver again in his 115th international match – on the field, as he himself noted. “It will be urgently necessary for us to get the six points now. Then I will also be satisfied with the late leave,” the 32-year-old said, adding to the condition of winning the last second game against Italy on Tuesday in Mönchengladbach. Then you’ll be the leader of the strong third group in League A – a clear sign of the World Cup.

In his last public appearance before leaving the familiar Franconian training camp, Flick emerged as a troubling and outspoken reminder of the schedule. “Four games is a very long time after such a long season,” he said, already thinking about the World Cup season that begins at the end of July with the DFB Cup and the Super Cup.

“You have to be concerned about it and wonder how you can give the players a break,” Flick said, calling on FIFA and UEFA. The experts should “investigate matters and identify some measures,” Flick added with a worried expression.

The game calendar is not a “dream tube”

Thomas Muller was a bit more pragmatic and commented on the renewed debate over history: “It is for what it is. This is our job, which we have to do.” The game calendar is not a “dream tube”. Without an autumn date in Qatar, the World Cup will start in classic rhythm this exact weekend. Until then, the burden will be heavy.

Flick must carefully weigh the situation against Hungary: take turns as much as you did against England and conserve your energy, or finally play a strong, coveted formation in Qatar’s direction? Light exchanges should be the answer, starting with Budapest with a mix of teams against Italy and England. “It’s good when you are used to it,” said the coach of the Football Association. But only Captain Manuel Neuer was given a guarantee from the start. “We are not going to make any changes there,” Flick said of the goalkeeper’s position.

The use of attacking player Serge Gnabry is questionable due to muscle problems in his calf. The Bayern Munich professional only completed one session in a row on Friday. Like Timo Werner, he came on as a substitute against England on Tuesday. According to Flick, Werner is again a key choice for a top offensive position: “He’s someone who scores goals up front, and has a good stake.” Scoring goals, this has been a shortcoming and a much-discussed topic at DFB-Elf.

EM . memories

The national players still remember well how uncomfortable Hungarians can feel. At 2:2 in the last group match for the European Championship, a knockout in the preliminary round a year earlier was avoided with a heavy blow. Flick said the opponent had nothing to lose in terms of aggressiveness. Hungarians are very compact. Don’t expect big rooms.

Even without the symbolic kneeling, as the English practiced in Budapest, Flick expects the Hungarian crowd to whistle loudly at his team, which Muller also found very irritating a year earlier. Would that be a risk of distraction, especially for Goretzka, who responded to the rebuke of the Hungarian fans with his heartfelt celebration after the goal to make it 2-2? No, says Flick. “This is not a problem for us.”

Expected teams:

Hungary: Gulacsi (RB Leipzig / 32/48 internationals) – Lang (Omonia Nicosia / 29/49), Orban (RB Leipzig / 29/31), Attila Szalai (Fenerbahce Istanbul / 24/25) – Fiola (FC Fehervar / 32 )/46), Styles (FC Barnsley/22/44), Vecsei (Ferencvaros Budapest (28/9), Zsolt Nagy (Puskas Akademia/29/9) – Sallai (SC Freiburg/25/34), Adam Szalai (FC Basel/34/82), Dominic Szoboszlai (RB Leipzig/21/22)

Germany: Neuer (Bayern Munich /36/111 in internationals) – Kehrer (Paris Saint-Germain / 25/19), Zule (FC Bayern / 26/38), Rudiger (Chelsea FC / 29/52), Raum (TSG) . 1899 Hoffenheim / 24/7) – Kimmich (Bayern Munich / 27/66), Goretzka (Bayern Munich / 27/43) – Havertz (FC Chelsea / 22/27), Muller (Bayern Munich / 32/114) Musila ( FC Bayern / 19/13) – Werner (Chelsea / 26/51)

Referee: Jose Maria Sanchez (Spain)

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