Hansi Flick enjoyed the moment after the flight to England on Sunday evening. Before the press conference in London’s legendary Wembley Stadium, the national soccer coach went briefly onto the pitch with Jamal Musiala.
“This is one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world. The team is happy to do something good and show something,” said Flick before the Nations League game against England on Monday (8:45 p.m., RTL). “The encounter is of course an absolute classic.”
Flick’s team trained in Leipzig on Sunday morning before traveling to London. After the sobering 1-0 draw against Hungary last Friday, she desperately needs a sense of achievement. It’s the last game before the start of the short World Cup training camp in Oman in mid-November. In order to improve the mood before the tournament, an increase in performance is required.
Flick has to change defenses. Antonio Rüdiger is suspended after his yellow card against Hungary. “We will have to replace Toni. We’re still thinking about how we’re going to do that,” said Flick on Sunday evening.
Niklas Süle and Nico Schlotterbeck are familiar with the games with their club Borussia Dortmund. “But there are definitely other options,” said the national coach. Flick named Matthias Ginter (“He is in good shape”) from SC Freiburg and Armel Bella Kotchap from FC Southampton, whom he nominated for an international squad for the first time, as options. “It’s about giving the players confidence and empowering them.”
England didn’t convince recently, but Flick doesn’t want to overstate that. He warns of the opposition: “I’m often in England, the Premier League is the best league in the world, the English squad is outstanding. It’s a great team. It will be difficult for us too. We have to have a great day to be able to survive.” A win is important for the atmosphere and the team’s confidence in their quality.
He lacked conviction against Hungary, especially in the first half. “We want to see a team that enjoys playing football,” emphasized Flick. “The conditions are ideal, it’s in a great stadium against a great team. We have the quality to win the game.”
And Musiala, whom Flick once again praised for his development and who, according to the national coach, will play against England from the start, said: “After the Hungary game, every one of us was angry because we know that we have more quality. It was annoying for each of us. I dreamed of big games at Wembley when I was little.”