DFB-Elf plays against Hungary: national coach Hansi Flick in a bind

Budapest is known for its stable summer weather. That’s why Margaret Island in the middle of the Danube with a view of the two districts of Buda and Pest is so well visited at weekends, because there are various places where you can cool down. It should be almost 30 degrees when the German national team competes against Hungary in the Nations League (Saturday 8.45 p.m. / RTL). Before the third stop, national coach Hansi Flick for the first time clearly criticized the tight timing of international matches so shortly before the summer break. “Four games are just too much after such a long season.” You have to pack up two years when you look at it: “We had a pandemic, so many games were postponed.” It was all “tough,” said the 57- year olds.

After a short summer break, the top players would have to play every three or four days until the World Cup in Qatar (November 21 – December 18). “You should take care of it,” advised DFB employee Flick in the direction of Uefa and Fifa, because it doesn’t work without a break. The national coach is clearly in a quandary: On the one hand, he would like to draw from his large squad, maybe also use Karim Adeyemi, Lukas Nmecha or even Anton Stach from the start. On the other hand, after the draws against Italy (1-1) and England (1-1), he would now like to be rewarded with three points: “We made a big step against England and we need to confirm that.”

Nevertheless, Hungary is “the hardest game you can have,” said Flick. Because: “This is a team that acts very compactly on the defensive and hardly leaves any space. It will be a very big task for us.” Whistles against the German team in the packed Puskas Arena would not come as a surprise. Even at the European Championship, Hungarian fans had always cheered on their German opponents at the public viewing.

The countries have a number of differences in their global political views, and many Magyars didn’t like the level at which the last European Championship group game (2:2) was lifted. At that time, half of Germany had led a rainbow debate in advance after Uefa had rejected the city of Munich’s application to protest against an LGBTQ-hostile law by the Viktor Orban government with colorful lighting in the Munich Arena.

Finally, after the late equalizer, Leon Goretzka demonstratively formed a heart to send a signal against the homophobic chants of Hungarian supporters. The fact that Goretzka is now hearing expressions of dissatisfaction is “not an issue”, Flick assured, and if the mood is heated, “everyone has to endure it”.

Thomas Müller belongs to a four-man axis that is set

It is not a consideration, added teammate Thomas Müller, that the team kneel down like the English did in Hungary a week ago as a sign against racism and exclusion. They acted this way out of solidarity with the English team on Tuesday, “but we don’t plan it consistently.” The gesture of colleague Goretzka, the 32-year-old wanted to say, “spoke from our hearts after the Hungarian fan block didn’t exactly behave in an exemplary manner”.

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The teams from Germany and England got on one knee just before kick-off in a sign against racism.

Müller is one of the four-strong axis that has such a big stone in the board at Flick that maybe everyone will be in the starting XI again. Captain Manuel Neuer (“we won’t make any changes in goal”) received a guarantor, defender Antonio Rüdiger (“has developed fantastically”) and midfield organizer Joshua Kimmich (“played two very good games”) received plenty of compliments. And Müller would hardly have appeared at the press conference before his 115th international match if he hadn’t also played against the world number 40. would be needed.

With the charter flight to Budapest, the time in Herzogenaurach ended for the team on Friday, because for the duel against Italy in Mönchengladbach (Tuesday 8.45 p.m. / ZDF) the entourage will fly directly from Budapest to Düsseldorf on Monday. However, the “home ground” at the headquarters of the DFB outfitter will not remain deserted for long, because this is where the women’s national team will be moving to the European Championship training camp on Sunday, together with an equally large entourage.

Spokesman Thomas Müller promised proper tidying up and revealed that the no-nonsense rooms would encourage people to spend a lot of time in the common area. You would have found a lot of “games, fun and excitement” in the leisure corner – and discovered “bag-throwing” for yourself. However, according to the Bavarian unicum, he would only be really satisfied if he had bagged six points before his well-deserved vacation.

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