Hansi Flick gives a press conference the day after the 1: 2 against Japan.
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After the opening defeat against Japan, national coach Hansi Flick answered questions from press representatives on Thursday morning. The most important statements from the media round.

  • The start of the German national team at the World Cup 2022 in Qatar failed.
  • Despite the lead, Hansi Flick’s team lost 2-1 to Japan.
  • Now the national coach presented himself on Thursday morning in a digital media round.
  • The ticker is continuously updated.

Update, 10:15 a.m.: After a little more than ten minutes, the press round ends with Hansi Flick.

Update, 10:11 a.m.: After the defeat, Ilkay Gündogan criticized the team’s activity. “There was a lack of conviction from behind that you hold the ball, that you offer yourself,” said the national player. When asked about the quote, Flick said: “It’s Ilkay’s opinion and it’s okay that he says it. In the game, when you’re under pressure, it’s important to have the courage to offer yourself up. Yes, against Hungary at the end of September it was similar. But since then we’ve only had four training sessions to develop something.”

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Update, 10:10 a.m.: “We don’t have an inexperienced team, all eleven players from yesterday play in the Champions League. (…) But now things are moving forward, we have to show character on Sunday and try to have one last chance in the last game. But we have to act better on the pitch as a unit. We have to do that for 90 minutes.”

Update, 10:09 a.m.: Leroy Sané “is training right now, but alone,” said Flick to his ailing winger.

Update, 10:08 a.m.: “Niki (Süle) has trained well and has done well in training up to that point,” says Flick when asked about the full-back debate. If you have two or three top-class players, you really have to play the game, with a 2-0 win it would have been decided. We made a lot of mistakes at the back, so I can’t single them out. But that doesn’t mean we don’t address these things internally.”

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Update, 10:06 a.m.: “Manuel has no problems, we can prevent the two goals in other ways. Going there, everyone in the team has to do their job,” says the national coach when asked about Manuel Neuer.

Update, 10:05 a.m.: “The team has potential that they don’t quite tap into. We trust the team, we’re positive and we want to approach the game against Spain positively. It’s important to deal with defeats and to be focused and to get the team to believe,” says the national coach.

Update, 10:03 a.m.: Kimmich played on the six and not as a right-back. Flick also commented on this on request. “You can assume that we discuss every personal detail. It’s our job as a coaching staff to go onto the pitch with the best team and we do that before every game.”

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Update, 10:02 a.m.: Flick is asked about the lack of exploitation of chances and the easy goals conceded. “On offense and defense you need every man, on defense we haven’t been able to create compactness in the last twenty minutes. As a defender, I always have to defend the goal with every greed. If you’re 1-0 up, you have to play that kind of thing home, defend well and stand well.”

Update, 10:00 a.m.: The PK begins with a few sentences from the national coach. “Yesterday we analyzed the game in the coaching team and although a lot was positive over the 70 minutes, a lot wasn’t as we imagined. Now let’s turn the screws. We showed the team a lot of scenes with Spain in mind. Now we don’t have a free shot and we can’t afford any mistakes.”

Update, 9:59 a.m.: The digital media round of the DFB with national coach Hansi Flick begins punctually at just before 10 a.m.

Update, 9:52 a.m.: The press round with Hansi Flick will start in a few minutes. Immediately after the opening defeat against Japan, the national coach found several explanations, such as a lack of efficiency or a large number of individual errors. Now he could present the results of the preliminary analysis.

Update, 9:26 am: A little over half an hour until the press conference with Hansi Flick. After the 2-1 defeat against Japan, the national coach announced that he would answer the questions about the opening game himself instead of one of his assistants. Will Flick respond to individual players or does he hold the entire team accountable? From 10 a.m., the 57-year-old will provide answers to the most important questions.

World Cup 2022: DFB media round with Hansi Flick from 10 a.m. in the live ticker

Update from November 24th, 9:02 am: The crisis press conference of the DFB starts in less than an hour. Hansi Flick will answer the journalists’ questions, which are likely to be critical. From 10 a.m. there will be all relevant statements from the national coach.

First report from November 24th:

Doha – Everything should have been different against Japan, but the restart failed. The DFB team lost 1:2 (1:0) and is therefore already facing the second preliminary round in a World Cup in a row. Before the first final on Sunday evening against Spain, he announced National coach Hansi Flick announced an unscheduled press conference for Thursday at 10 a.m. CET.

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Hansi Flick gives a press conference the day after the 1: 2 against Japan. © eu images/imago

In a digital round, the 57-year-old will answer questions about the first group game, like that German Soccer Association announced on Wednesday evening. It is clear that Flick will see himself exposed to direct criticism – also with regard to his line-up against Japan. Possibly uses the former FC Bayern-Coach the opportunity to explain his decisions.

World Cup 2022: Hansi Flick defends his team – “We have a lot to do well”

Originally, one of Flick’s assistants from the coaching staff was supposed to speak to the press the day after the Japan game, but now the head coach is taking over personally. “We have to look ahead, we are doing that. There are still six points to be awarded. We want to get them. And we’re working on that,” Flick said to ARD after the initial defeat. “We’re going into the analysis, we have a lot to do up after today’s game,” announced the man from Heidelberg in the same interview.

World Cup 2022: A defeat against Spain threatens Qatar

Now the most difficult game is on the program, already on Sunday the DFB team meets a Spanish team in a good mood. The preliminary round can already be sealed. The Iberians demonstrated their power after the DFB bankruptcy and gave Costa Rica seven goals. Should Germany lose to Spain and before Japan pick up at least a point against Costa Rica, the Qatar chapter would be over early. (ajr)

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