A concern keeps growing

The victory over Israel gives the German fans new hope for a successful World Cup. But looking into the future, the national coach has a few concerns.

Robin Gosens, Robin Koch, Niklas Süle, Jonas Hofmann – Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich – Marco Reus, Florian Wirtz, Serge Gnabry – Karim Adeyemi

One goalkeeper is still missing, so this powerful team would look complete. Too bad none of them are available at the moment. All the mentioned players had to withdraw from the international matches against Israel and the Netherlands for various reasons. Injuries, corona infections, training deficits or – in Joshua Kimmich’s case – the birth of his own child prevented participation. That would have been important in light of the World Cup in eight months.

Florian Wirtz will be injured until shortly before the World Cup due to his cruciate ligament rupture. (Source: Sven Simon / imago images)

National coach Hansi Flick does not have much time left to convey his ideas and plans to the team. That he has to do without support from the team makes this task more difficult. As part of the nomination, Flick said in a media round: “It is important for me to have players who perform best every three to four days. And when I see how many are injured again and again, then our goal must be a certain “Get stability in.. Each player must try to work on themselves. Not only technically and tactically, but also physically. If we want to succeed in Qatar, it is absolutely crucial that everyone is in top form. “

Flick refers to a phrase he has repeated since starting his job: You are always a national player. The national coach not only expects the right attitude during the international break, he also wants the maximum during the weeks at the clubs. Flick added: “The responsibility lies with each player and we will check that.”

Hansi Flick (right) and his assistant Danny Röhl need to be prepared for anything.  (Source: imago pictures / students)Hansi Flick (right) and his assistant Danny Röhl need to be prepared for anything. (Source: student / image pictures)

For his intense and fast game, Flick needs attentive players and healthy legs. The problem with all these projects: the schedule.

Because in the World Cup year, the summer break is short and the first half of the season is exhausting. For the Bundesliga players on the national team, it looks like this:

  • There are four Nations League matches in the first two weeks of June. From 4 to 14 June, the German team will face Italy twice, England once and Hungary once.
  • The DFB Cup starts only six weeks later. At the end of July, the first round starts for many. Therefore, pre-season begins a few weeks earlier. As a result, there is not much time for vacation and renewal after the Nations League. After the DFB Cup, the Bundesliga starts.
  • With the exception of the international break from 21 to 27 September, there will only be English weeks for players who are internationally represented with their team from September. All six match days in European competitions take place between the beginning of September and the beginning of November. The Bundesliga wants to have 15 playing days on its back in mid-November.
  • There are eight days between the last Bundesliga match and the opening of the World Cup.

A hard program. It looks like this for the national players who play in England or Italy. Flick’s problem: He has no influence on his players getting enough breaks during these English weeks. He can only hope for the right load control in the clubs. The national coach needs the help of proactive players who know their limits and communicate them openly in their clubs, while being fit enough in November and December to go to those limits for him every few days.

This powerlessness will follow the 57-year-old in the coming months. In addition, there is a constant hope that no key players will be harmed due to the high pressure and will totally fail. That would be the worst case.

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