Germany national team head coach Hanji Flick has positive things to say about the Japanese national team.
The German national team will play Japan in a friendly match at the Volkswagen Arena in Wolfsburg, Germany on April 10 (KST). A press conference was held ahead of the match. Japanese soccer media outlet Soccer Digest published a quote from head coach Hanji Flick during the press conference.
The two teams have already met in the group stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. At that time, the Germans dominated. Germany’s Ilkay Gundogan scored the first goal.
However, back-to-back goals from Japan’s Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano in the second half resulted in a 1-2 defeat for Germany. The loss ended Germany’s hopes of advancing to the round of 16 at the World Cup.
Japan, on the other hand, advanced to the round of 16 by beating Spain, who were in the same group as Germany. In the round of 16, they faced Croatia, who finished third in the World Cup, and lost in penalty kicks.
Following the World Cup in Qatar, things have not been going so well for Germany. They have one win, one draw, and three losses in their last five games. There is a lot of doubt and criticism about Flick in Germany.
“The mood in the German national team is good right now. We are confident,” Flick said, adding, “The criticism of the results so far is justified. During the A-match in June, we did a lot of experiments.”
When asked about the Japanese team, he said: “Japan is an interesting team. We met them at the World Cup. They are a disciplined team. We’re looking forward to the game tomorrow.”
Germany, meanwhile, has lost Shinji Musial to injury. According to the German Football Association, Musial has hamstring and back problems and has decided to focus on his recovery.
The absence of Muhammad Ali is painful for Germany. It’s important for Germany to be organized and at 100% strength. Germany’s pride has been bruised 먹튀검증 by failing to reach the round of 16 at two consecutive World Cups. Add to that the fact that they are hosting UEFA Euro 2024 next year.
A poor showing at next year’s Euros would not only be a blow to the host nation’s pride, but would also tarnish the country’s reputation. Germany will use the rest of the A-Match period to rebuild their squad and build strength, with the aim of winning next year’s tournament.