Wolfsburg Only three percent of Germans trust Hansi Flick to win the World Cup with the national soccer team in the coming year. The national coach was not deterred by surveys and presented an unknown special program shortly before the end of the international match year.
Hansi Flick gives no guarantees. Hansi Flick gives homework. With a hitherto unique special program, the national coach wants to make the national soccer team fit for the 2022 World Cup title in good time.
Only three percent of Germans currently believe in a coup in Qatar – Flick’s plan even intervenes in the sovereignty of club coaches such as Julian Nagelsmann, Thomas Tuchel and Pep Guardiola.
“We cannot guarantee a title, but we guarantee that we will do everything we can to win titles,” Flick told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung before the last two international matches in 2021.
Unusual exercise program
As a practical welcome, Manuel Neuer, Kai Havertz and colleagues were presented with Flick’s unusual training program on Monday in Wolfsburg before the end of the already successful World Cup qualification with the games on Thursday (8.45 p.m. / RTL) against Liechtenstein and three days later in Armenia. In the coming year, the Qatar candidates should also complete training content for the DFB-Elf in their daily work in their clubs.
“It is important to us that the players, even if we are not in the national team together, work on what we have given them individually. For example on the tactical understanding or on the subject of standard situations, ”said Flick. He had already emphasized several times that he had hardly any time until the golf tournament.
The former Bayern title collector is not afraid of conflicts with the clubs. In his first four months as a national coach, he kept in close contact with the clubs. “Every club has its own requirements and I don’t want to tell anyone how to do their job. But we are looking for an exchange with the coaches and we want to convey what is important to us … ”, said Flick.
Flick does without a World Cup course
Practically as a courtesy, the national coach waived a possible course with his World Cup candidates during the Bundesliga break from January 24th to February 3rd. During this time, the clubs only have to assign their players from America and Asia to the remaining World Cup qualifiers there.
“For many players who play internationally, the burden was very high. That’s why I think that one or the other, because the winter break isn’t too long, takes a deep breath, “said Flick of the German press agency. The national team’s first face-to-face course in 2022 will not be back until March with the first World Cup friendly matches.
It goes without saying that Flick also focuses on day-to-day work in the clubs. “The national team is always, all year round, not just the 14 days that you are together for individual measures or during tournaments,” said the 56-year-old. Specifically, he wants to divide the team into three groups: “the defense, the center with defensive midfield and tens, and the storm with wingers and nines.”
Training like in distance learning
On a rotating basis, Flick and his assistants Marcus Sorg and Danny Röhl will each take care of one department, as in a distance learning course. “It also works through group coaching, sometimes online, but sometimes in such a way that the players implement it in their clubs after consultation with the club coaches,” said Flick, explaining the new World Cup plan.
Trust and belief in the national team are still low. Only three percent of people in Germany believe in the DFB-Elf’s fifth World Cup title win in the final on December 18, 2022 in Doha. This was the result of a representative survey by the Yougov opinion research institute on behalf of the German Press Agency.
Comforting for Flick: Only five percent think that, like 2018 in Russia, the group stage will end. 20 percent – and most of the respondents – expect to be eliminated in the quarter-finals. Ten percent think that one round is already over in the round of 16, 16 percent see the DFB-Elf in the semifinals and seven percent believe that they will make it into the final with a subsequent defeat in the final. After all, 39 percent still have no opinion on the German World Cup performance.
Joshua Kimmich and colleagues can now start persuading them in Wolfsburg and then with their club special shifts until the end of March. Flick also knows that the title has yet to be developed. “That’s right, we are the challenger who wants to win something. Our motto is: back to the top of the world. It’s a process. That cannot be done overnight. Where we’re going will not be decided until next year. “
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