Updated on 09.09.2021, 10:27 a.m.
- Hansi Flick made the perfect nine-point start as the national coach of the German national team.
- The DFB team won against Iceland 4-0 with goals from Rüdiger, Gnabry, Sané and Werner.
- After the confident appearance of his new team, Flick had little to complain about and is particularly happy about a development.
There are still signs and wonders taking place. Because under Hansi Flick, the German national team suddenly even scored goals again according to standards. The fact that Flick, who has always had a weakness for dormant balls, recently added a standard expert, Mads Buttgereit, to the coaching team, bore fruit against Iceland.
Joshua Kimmich carefully chipped the ball into the penalty area after a free kick, where the advanced central defender Antonio Rüdiger headed the ball into the far corner (24th). “It was actually rehearsed,” confirmed Kimmich. And Rüdiger, who scored his first goal in four years, thanked Buttgereit: “He played a big part in it. The process was great.”
And Flick was also visibly happy about the free kick goal. “That looks like it,” replied the national coach in the RTL interview when asked whether the standard had been rehearsed.
It was only the second goal after a free kick since the 2018 World Cup debacle. Flick wants to see more here too. Otherwise, the new national coach actually had very little to do with his team after the 4-0 win over Iceland.
Interview with national coach Flick
Mr. Flick, how satisfied are you with the 4-0 win in Iceland at the end of your first international trip as national coach?
Hansi Flick: I can put it in a nutshell: It was important to step up today, we wanted to rule the game again, create opportunities and score goals – the team did well. “
Even over the entire course?
If you take the three games, we can be very satisfied. We know we have to do one thing or the other better, but that’s what we’re here for. The team interpreted the idea of how we want to play excellently and tried to keep putting the opponent under pressure. Everyone gave a very good calling card – even those who didn’t play and are disappointed. We are very, very happy with the development that we have taken.
Where do you still need to improve?
In the precision on the last pass, in the determination in front of the goal to come to a conclusion with full conviction.
Flick doesn’t want to celebrate World Cup qualification just yet
You are now the sovereign leader of the table. Do the fans still have to worry about the World Cup ticket?
Let’s stay calm now, yes! It is important that we feel our way game by game. The requirement was nine points, which the team implemented excellently and internalized the way we want to play football. She tried to put the opponent under pressure early on, had high ball wins, so the way to the goal is a little closer.
And she hasn’t conceded a single goal in three games …
I am very satisfied with that. That the zero is always important. The team just has to have the greed to defend the goal, which they do relatively early as a unit, the processes are good there, I have to pay them a compliment. Toni Rüdiger and Niklas Süle are doing very well, and I can also single out someone who has played through all three games, I like to do that: Thilo Kehrer. He can be used flexibly, in top shape, very self-confident.
How strong is the self-confidence in the team now?
I think the team needed it: three games, three wins, the last two with great conviction. This is good for you and gives you confidence in your own strength. I said to the players: You can go to your clubs with a broad chest and try to perform as well there.
recorded at the press conference in Reykjavik by Marco Mader (SID)
(afp / ska)
In what is probably a one-off action, Brazil’s health authority caused the game to be abandoned in the World Cup qualification. Because Argentine footballers are said to have violated Corona regulations, the game against Brazil was over quickly. © ProSiebenSat.1