BERLIN, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) — German coach Hansi Flick has demanded his team must to their former glory.
Flick has set firm goals for the German national team at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The 56-year-old mentioned the semifinals as the minimum target in Qatar, despite poor performances at the 2018 World Cup and the 2020 European Championship.
“Looking back to November 2019, who would have expected Bayern Munich to win the 2020 Champions League?” Flick commented ahead of Germany’s World Cup qualifiers against Romania and North Macedonia.
The German coach spoke about the obligation to return to the top as soon as possible. “We want to get back to where we once were, to the world’s top nations. That’s what fans demand and everyone wants.”
A poor performance this summer has seen Germany drop to 14th in the latest FIFA world rankings.
The former Bayern coach announced plans to change the team’s approach, compared with the more reluctant playing style of his predecessor Joachim Low.
“I am fond of possession football, but behind every action must stand the intention to create chances and score goals,” he said.
Flick’s view is one of more proactive football with a team changing into an intensive pressing game after losing the ball. “We want to count on a highly flexible game up front.”
In his respect, Germany has the quality to compete with the best national teams.
Germany, he said, is well equipped all over the pitch. “We can rely on at least two top-class performers in every position.”
Flick mentioned a wide range of players addressing the needs of modern football to play in several tactical systems.
Next to experienced campaigners Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich) and Timo Werner and Kai Havertz (Chelsea), he spoke about youngsters such as Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen), Jamal Musiala (Bayern) and Karim Adeyemi (RB Salzburg).
Flick praised the latest upswing of Bayern winger Leroy Sane. “I think it has clicked with Leroy,” he added.
Like Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann, Flick changed the orders for Sane, allowing him to move to the center instead of only staying along the flank. The 37-cap forward is currently delivering more goals and assists.
Flick said Sane made the right step at the right time, proving his quality after the former Manchester City attacker had to go through dark times. “It is important to give him time. He needs to feel everyone’s trust.”
Flick said Sane has started to fight back after losing the ball. “He seems to be floating over the pitch as he has outstanding physical skills, and we see what he is capable of as his confidence returns,” the German coach said.
Flick said he is expecting passion and commitment “as the German team always stood for an enthusiastic football. We as a team represent the entire country.”
The former striker announced plans to improve communication with clubs and their coaches. “It is vital to get everyone behind the line. At present, I see too much pointing at each other.”