Hansi Flick responds to Philipp Lahm criticism with bold claim on Germany future
The 2014 World Cup winners have no edge for blunder when they meet Costa Rica on Thursday night, knowing they need every one of the three points to have any possibility of a spot in the knockout stages
Germany’s beleaguered mentor Hansi Flick demands he doesn’t fear the sack in front of the represent the deciding moment conflict with Costa Rica.
The four-time world leaders are near the precarious edge of being wiped out at the gathering stages for the second progressive competition after a shock 2-1 loss by Japan was trailed by a 1-1 draw with Spain. Furthermore, after former captain Philipp Lahm wrenched up the strain by scrutinizing Flick’s utilization of substitutes in the initial game requires a difference in mentor make certain to heighten if Germany are taken out.
Flick, who was Joachim Low’s collaborator for Germany’s World Cup win in Brazil a long time back, said: “I can affirm the future from my side – that I have an agreement until 2024 and that I am anticipating the European Titles at home.
“I feel no tension – and I felt no strain after the loss to Japan. We didn’t have a lot of time before the competition and the more we’re together the more we get to the next level.
“The issue is that it isn’t in our grasp. It’s implied that the primary game didn’t go like we needed. We should attempt to apply our tension all along. We realize it will be truly troublesome.”
Lahm, who currently works for the German FA, felt that bringing off Ilkay Gundogan and Thomas Muller against the Japanese stripped the team of much-required insight.
“Flick ought to depend on players with a ton of international experience,” said Lahm, who was a vital participant in the team that lifted the World Cup in 2018. “He didn’t do it during the Japan game and the team broke.”
Flick has just been in the gig for quite some time in the wake of being designated in the consequence of the Euro rout by Britain at Wembley.
Germany could keep capability in their own hands by winning 8-0 against a Costa Rican side that quickly returned from a 7-0 loss to Spain by beating Japan.
Flick said: “It would be disrespectful to Costa Rica if we said we want to score eight goals. We will be happy just to win the game. It is all about getting a positive result.
“For Costa Rica to concede seven goals in their first game and then beat Japan is no mean feat. I look at the table and I see that Costa Rica also have an opportunity to go to the last 16.”
France’s Stephanie Frappart will become the first woman to referee at the World Cup – and both Flick and his Costa Rica counterpart Luis Fernando Suarez welcomed the appointment.
Suarez said: “I am a great admirer of women who want to conquer things. Football has always been a sexist sport and it has been very difficult to reach this point.
“I like it. It’s a positive step for the game. It is a democratic step that we have a woman referee at the World Cup.”
Flick added: “I trust her. I think she deserves to be here and I hope she is looking forward to the match like we all are. I think she will do well.”