Hansi Flick has not given assures over wins for Germany but he believes that the team is on the right path
Germany’s underwhelming performance, which comes less than a year before they host Euro 2024, is seen by manager Hansi Flick as a necessary step towards preparing the four-time world champions for the upcoming tournament.
Following their early exit from the World Cup in December last year, marking the second consecutive tournament in which they failed to advance past the first round, Germany has only managed to win one out of their four international matches – a friendly against Peru.
German supporters were disappointed and expressed their dissatisfaction through whistling and jeering following their 3-3 draw against Ukraine and their 1-0 defeat to Poland in an away match last week. However, for Flick, who assumed control in 2021, these results were seen as valuable experiences for the team’s development.
“We the coaching staff and especially myself believe in the path we are on. We are seeing progress even if the result against Poland was viewed negatively,” Flick told a press conference.
“We cannot guarantee anything, unfortunately that is the case in football these days,” said Flick when asked about Germany’s chances of winning the European title on home soil next year. “Winning has become more difficult.”
Poland’s recent triumph against Germany marked only their second win against them in the past 90 years. Meanwhile, Germany’s performance has been lackluster, with only three victories in their last 10 matches.
Flick expressed his desire to witness the same level of energy displayed in the second half against Poland, despite the draw and defeat experienced last week. Germany had numerous opportunities to equalize during that period.
“We want to keep going our way. The team now has to deliver and try to win the game (against Colombia),” Flick said.
“Then we can have a bit of a positive end to these matches but the development will continue. In September things will be completely different.”
Germany will be hosting friendly matches against Japan and France in September, and they will also be playing against the United States in October.
“We have a Euro. We will prepare for that so that you also can celebrate and be happy,” he told a journalist. “That’s what is fun. What happens now is part of football, part of life. But I will go my way without compromise.”
“I can only say that I am convinced that we will go through the improvements that we want to see.”