Rudi Völler takes on the job of national team director at the German Football Association with great confidence.
“After all, we still have a good team,” said the 1990 world champion to the “Kölner Stadtanzeiger” and doesn’t see much of a difference to world champion Argentina: “Apart from Lionel Messi, who is outstanding and who everyone has treated to this world title , I don’t want anyone to tell me that the Argentines are better than us.”
Völler, who succeeded Oliver Bierhoff, is demanding support from the Bundesliga clubs on the way to the home European Championship in 2024. “The national team is the most important team we have. And the called-up players have to act in every friendly match as it would be a qualifying game,” said the former DFB team boss, who wants to mediate if necessary: ”Maybe I can address things directly here with my style, both negatively and positively, without major dissonance arising immediately. We all have to be loyal to be with each other.” (dpa)