France is shocked by Germany in first game without Hansi Flick as a new era dawns ahead of the home Euros
As a result of a 2-1 victory over France on Tuesday, Germany snapped its five-game winless streak.
In front of a lively Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, Germany opened the scoring after five minutes through versatile veteran Thomas Müller.
The French fans cheered when Leroy Sané finished off a Kai Havertz pass to make it 2-0 before Antoine Griezmann scored a late penalty.
There was a great deal of need for the 2-1 win. Before hosting next summer’s European Championships, Germany needs to shake off its lackluster performance of late.
Problems facing Germany
Having lost its previous match in humiliating fashion to Japan 4-1 in front of their home fans, Germany was at rock bottom entering the game.
As a result, German Football Association (DFB) head coach Hansi Flick was relieved of his duties, and Rudi Völler was appointed interim head coach.
A disappointing early exit from the delayed 2020 European Championship led to the appointment of Flick as head coach in August 2021, replacing Joachim Löw.
Flick’s appointment, however, didn’t go according to plan. A streak stretching back to March 2022 saw Germany win just four of its last 16 matches while the head coach was in charge.
Germany was eliminated in the group stages of the 2022 World Cup, the first major tournament under the former Bayern Munich coach.
A 4-2 victory against Costa Rica was Germany’s only win in Qatar, as it lost to Japan and drew with Spain in its other two matches.
It is arguably true that this Germany squad is weaker than previous, more successful, iterations. However, its performances and results have been below par for a soccer powerhouse.
As the host of next summer’s tournament, Germany will be backed heavily by its fans. It has won the European Championships three times.
The beginning of something new
In a statement regarding Flick’s departure, DFB president Bernd Neuendorf said: “We need confidence and optimism in the country going into the European Championship next summer.”
I have had to make this difficult decision due to my respect for Hansi Flick and his assistants, both professionally and personally.
“The DFB is committed to sporting success, which is why this decision had to be made,” Neuendorf explained.
Flick had run out of patience with the DFB, according to team director Völler.
In his statement, Völler said, “The Japan game made it clear we couldn’t continue in this manner.”.
“The most pressing task will be to find a new coach who can provide the team with a fresh boost and prepare them for EURO 2024.”
A new generation of leaders
Those who wish to see Germany upset the odds at next year’s tournament will hope for a young squad built around the country’s stars.
Germany’s top players by the time the tournament comes around will most likely include Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala and Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz.
A home European Championship will give both players a chance to shine in front of rapturous home fans and they will be stars of the German national team for years to come.
Getting the most out of these talented youngsters and extracting every last bit of energy from Germany’s veteran players will be the goal of the new head coach.
As well as the wonderkids, experienced stars Müller, Sané, and Serge Gnabry, should provide an attack that can cause opposition teams serious problems.
As Völler noted, “We hope the tournament can have a positive impact on both German football and the country as a whole.”
The news reference is CNN