Flick and the search for the perfect mix

Emergency downloads Hansi Flick will test for the start of the World Cup year and tactically a lot. But he does not want to neglect the rehearsal of automatisms.

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“Importing and experimenting” – Under this very ambivalent motto, the football national team starts on Monday to the World Cup year. If Hansi Flick gathered his players in Neu-Isenburg near Frankfurt after four months of international leadership break, the national coach must succeed a difficult spagat.

“We want to find a mix from trying out and import,” said Flick with a view of the international matches on March 26 in Sinsheim against Israel and three days later in Amsterdam against the Netherlands: “That’s not quite simple, you are always there too A bit in the Zwickmühle. “

No question: would not violate power carriers such as Niklas Slee, Leon Goretzka, Marco Reus or Jonas Hofmann, Flicks would be significantly smaller. After all, he wants to work until the Winter World Cup in Qatar (21 November to 18 December), especially on automatisms, in order to bring about his seven-victory record start to poets to the world top.

But Pick uses patches the opportunity to rewrote Anton Stach, the returnees Julian Weigl, Benjamin Henrichs and Robin Koch, as well as coating candidates like Julian Draxler just under the magnifying glass. “We took the ten days to make us a picture,” announced flick: “If we do not do it now, then we do not need to do it anymore.”

Even tactical he will try something. For example, except talent Jamal Musiala could lead to Bayern Munich in addition to returnee Joshua Kimmich in a more defensive role.

He himself had “already thought of gambling him on the six,” the former Bavaria coach betrayed, “I took him to him.” Musials have excellent technology and tremendous speed not only, but also be “smart in the duel”.

The largest is Flicks design freedom in the test against Israel, which will be shaped by some peace actions in view of the war in Ukraine. The World Rank Lists-77. Although not so good on the paper, it said Flick, “but can still play football.”

In the prestigious classic against the Netherlands he is likely to send his strongest eleven in the square. It will be “important that we have a good defensive, a good order that we get pressure on the ball,” the national coach demanded.

However, it needs an outstanding fitness – and in this point sees flick upholding. For the explained target World Cup title, it is “the absolute basic requirement that all players are cupitized”. Every professional must “work in itself not only in the technical-tactical area, but also on the physique”, he demanded.

And then Flick pushed a small but unmistakable warning: “We will check that.” Should he see a development, “we will tell the players so clearly”. The fight for the World Cup places – he goes into the hot phase.