The hostility was so suspected in the permanent observer circles and the fans who would greet Leon Goretzka in particular due to his history of the recent confrontation with Hungary with hatred that the question was put to the national coach if he was not better off. Goretzka put on the bench would put or hide. If the evening of this international match was good, at least it was used to disprove stereotypical assumptions about Eastern European attitudes.
In any case, it was a perfectly normal away game for Goretzka, who was ruthlessly sent by Hansi Flick onto the field. The whistles directed at him at the beginning were no louder than the whistles given to him in Gelsenkirchen, for example (after his decision to move to Bayern Munich). Later the man from Munich spoke of the “hot weather”, but meant it in appreciation, and the national coach even got excited, as if he had enjoyed a wonderful summer evening on the Blue Danube: “Wonderful atmosphere, wonderful atmosphere, beautiful stadium. “
However, Flick’s expression did not indicate that the event would be at the top of his personal hit list. The national coach looked around intently, exhausted by his efforts on the sidelines, with which he unsuccessfully tried to steer his eleven teams to the right path. This time the score was 1-1 again, and the fourth 1-1 in a row, and even if one gradually thought that the national team was judged by this score as the Flying Dutchman in the eternal flight around the Cape of Good Hope, it was in fact but happily achieved more than a forced equalizer regrettable. “He managed to equalize,” said Flick, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. “Unfortunately, we were not able to do what we decided to do.” He made the sentence sound like a confession.
The fact that Flick repeatedly emphasized that he did not want to make “excuses” for the poor in general, and the appearance of a weak attack, but at the same time referred to the arguments of external justification, did not give rise to any contradiction. It is true that Hungary were determined, an extraordinarily strong and well-organised opponent, and that some German players were showing signs of tiredness towards the end of the season. It’s more about spontaneity and creativity than purely materialism. Kai Havertz, for example, as Thomas Muller’s deputy in the main position behind striker Timo Werner, was not lacking in commitment and mileage, but rather creative moments. Guard Noir shared the observation while at the same time raising it to the level of a temporary phenomenon as well as to the crux of the problem: “If things don’t work out with a certain ease, it’s always difficult,” he said.
These statements, eagerly put forward by other participants, were an attempt to ward off unpleasant judgments and conclusions. Was the recovery after the national coach change last summer an optical illusion? Not only the streak of results, but also the sum of their shortcomings in defense and attack raises the German team’s suspicions of not going beyond the average level at conference level to the European League. The team has pressed on with their pressing and attacking approach, but they haven’t yet found a compelling squad and certainly haven’t developed a quality of play that’s ready for the sequence. “We’re still on the right track in this process,” Neuer said. “I don’t see a fundamental problem.”
Manuel Neuer lists the shortcomings
Instead of sounding the general alarm and thus alarming the nation, the captain, like the examiner of the Technical Watch Society, preferred to complain about individual shortcomings that could be addressed in the specialized workshop: “The attitude we would be uncomfortable with against the missing Hungarians.” In the middle, the teammates had to defend to “go more towards the ball” from time to time, there were “too many passes” from the wings, and he also did not like “situations where the balls are in the second row in the opponent’s corners” and little From dealing with ‘the fat striker who came’ means the Hungarian national goalscorer, the very bearded striker Martin Adam: it was actually agreed ‘that he would be well defended – but we didn’t,'” Neuer. Substitute Adam hit a free header twice in the final minutes, and the Germans were twice as lucky as he missed his attempt.
Neuer did not name any decently, otherwise he had to address Niklas Sule or Thelo Kehrer, for example, who did not always give the impression of being spiritually present. But they were not uncommon in the German team, Goretzka in the middle also did not stand out with valuable contributions – often he was not even outstanding at all. Timo Werner was regularly featured in the picture as an active striker, but with the many sprints he’s done he has started to sneak almost multiple times.
A good result against Italy can make things more optimistic in general
However, the coach decided not to make an early substitution for young substitutes Lucas Nmecha or Karim Adeyemi. Embarrassed Flick admitted: “The correct scores are not yet visible at the moment.” With the promotion of the late developer and once again sole scorer Jonas Hoffmann, the national coach has proven his expert eye. Hoffman’s second hit was on hand in the 72nd minute of the single run – but “the synapses somehow didn’t fire properly,” the person in question later reported. Instead of shooting on goal, he played a bad pass.
“In terms of the score and the way we handled the match, it was just a step back,” Flick finally came up with a candid conclusion. The competition format, of all things, the Nations League, which still has a reputation for being a test-tube maker, gives it a break. “If you look at the table – nothing has happened yet, let’s play a good game on Tuesday and then things will look different,” Flick said. However, a small increase is not enough at the meeting with Italy in Mönchengladbach: “We must realize that we have to step it up a little – or maybe two or three”.