Germany coach Hansi Flick wants his players to give their all with improved defensive effort and greater attacking efficiency to win back fans with good results after a second consecutive World Cup group stage exit.
“We have an obligation to maintain,” Flick told dpa in an interview at the German Football Association (DFB) headquarters in Frankfurt ahead of Sunday’s final in Qatar between France and Argentina.
“We have to generate enthusiasm again,” he said. “We want to show attractive football. As a team, we want to show the fans: we have it, we want to give everything, we want to play for Germany, we are proud of it and we are looking forward to this home European Championship” in 2024.
“You have to give everything to do your best in every match. This is our job and then we hope that the fans will support us. We are convinced of that too.”
Germany lost 2-1 to Japan and drew 1-1 with Spain before a 4-2 win from a 2-1 draw against Costa Rica wasn’t enough for the four-time champions to survive the group stage.
“If you look at the data, we’re among the teams that created the most scoring chances. We lacked efficiency. And defensively it was just average because we weren’t compact enough,” flick said.
“The opponents exploited him ruthlessly. Japan and Costa Rica each scored twice on three chances. They had the efficiency we lacked.
“Also, we couldn’t follow the match schedule for more than 90 minutes. Playing 100% for a change: that’s something we need. It’s very important for the future.”
Flick said the tournament in Qatar showed that defensive-minded teams have been the most successful, saying there were stages in the semi-final between France and Morocco “where they played great football and defended with great passion at the same time.” time.
“You could feel this energy and passion with us in the match against Spain. Ultimately it is the basis, the fundamental prerequisite for playing a successful tournament,” he said.
Looking ahead, he said: “It’s important to have consistency in every match, against every opponent, and to have the discipline to give 100 per cent throughout the whole match.”
The full dedication would also reconcile the fans that many were also indifferent during the World Cup due to Qatar’s human rights record. And Flick also suggested that the One Love bracelet debate could have been handled better.
“Have we done everything in Germany that people are looking forward to the World Cup?” flick asked.
“French President Emmanuel Macron said that ‘football is becoming too politicised. Our players should focus on football. Politics is what I do’. It would have been a good sign, for us too.
“The thing is, the mood in Germany was against Qatar and many said, I won’t watch it. It’s a shame. I found it inspiring to see fans of other teams who supported their team wholeheartedly.
“That’s what we should focus on again, playing football as effectively as possible for Germany. That’s our job. It would be nice if we were allowed to do that. Others are trained for politics.”
Flick had reacted in frustration to the departure of national team manager Oliver Bierhoff two weeks ago, but has been instructed by the DFB to fulfill his contract until the home Euro 2024, and is now fully confident that he will also get along with the successor of Bierhoff.
The 57-year-old now has to find a team with the right balance between the youth of 18-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko and the experience of a 32-year-old Thomas Müller, who Flick doesn’t discount because he doesn’t judge age properly.
“It’s nice for a team to have a breath of fresh air. We have some good and very talented young players coming up. We have to take that into account because it’s about the future,” said Flick.
“We have a year and a half. We want to try to accompany one or two of them so that they take the next step and improve in such a way that they become interesting for us or assert themselves. That is our job as team coach.”