Hansi Flick documents the hoped-for departure for the national team with a first exciting squad and clear positions with Joshua Kimmich and the game system. In addition to eight old Bayern friends and the prominent returnee Marco Reus, the new national coach nominated a lot of youth power for a bright German football future after two tournament flops.
Joachim Löw’s successor and former title collector with FC Bayern called on 18 EM players around captain Manuel Neuer, a trio of debutants that had become U21 European champions in the summer. The brisk Salzburg goalscorer Karim Adeyemi (19) as well as the defensive players Nico Schlotterbeck (21) from SC Freiburg and David Raum (23) from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim are part of the elite circle for the first time in the three games in the World Cup qualification against Liechtenstein, Armenia and Iceland . “You did a great job in the U21,” explained Flick. The whole squad includes 26 players.
Kimmich as the pivot in the center
In addition to European Championship youngster Jamal Musiala (18), Florian Wirtz from Leverkusen (18), who has not yet been part of the A team, and Ridle Baku (23) from Wolfsburg as the fifth U21 champion will be back. “We think it’s a good, an interesting squad with a good mix of experienced and young players,” said Flick of the German press agency. He is “totally” looking forward to getting started.
DFB director Oliver Bierhoff’s dream coach after 15 years in Löw immediately announced some deviations from his predecessor and former boss. Flick makes FC Bayern, with whom he won seven titles, a blueprint for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The record champion is the largest block with eight players. Joshua Kimmich is immediately transferred back from the right edge of the field as boss to the center.
“We’ll see him on the six,” confirmed Flick. After Löw’s unsuccessful three-chain attempt up to the early EM round of 16 knockout against England, Flick also returns to the back four. “That’s the plan at the moment.” The tried and tested 4-2-3-1 system is revived.
A central Flick figure is of course Thomas Müller. “He’s a win for every team. He can lead a team on the pitch, ”said the coach. BVB captain Reus (32) is also an offensive player for Flick after two years without an international match. “He can crack a defense. He is in top shape and wants to be here ”. said Flick.
Salzburg storm jewel included
Adeyemi, who is very accurate in Salzburg, is a test person for the problem position of the center forward. “He has enormous speed, strengths in one-on-one and has now scored a lot of goals at the beginning of the season.” Flick wants to take a close look at the interesting young players in the coming week.
A DFB break for Leroy Sané, who is currently fighting for top form in Munich, was out of the question for Flick. “The quality that he has in training and the attitude that he shows in training has always been top,” said Flick, remembering his time in Munich. “I also agree with Julian Nagelsmann that we support him,” revealed Flick. For him there was “no question that Leroy will be there”.
Some celebrities are missing from the roster or are on hold. Mats Hummels put the brakes on knee problems again. “I’m talking to Mats,” said Flick. The defensive veteran, like the recently recovered goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, Matthias Ginter (Corona) and the not yet really fit Emre Can, could return to the international matches in October. The 2014 world champion Mario Götze (29), who regained his strength in Eindhoven, also remains in Flick’s eye: “It is important that he continues, that he continues to try to perform. Then we’ll see what comes of it. “
It is clear what should happen against Liechtenstein, Armenia and Iceland. “We want to make the three games successful,” announced Flick. Nine points are firmly planned. Because Germany is currently only third in Group J. The only direct World Cup ticket is only available for first place. “We don’t have much time,” says Flick.