Germany are working on their focus and how to attack more efficiently after four straight draws but will be ready for the World Cup in November, coach Hansi Flick said on Monday (June 13).
The manager, who took over in September and is unbeaten in his first 12 competitive games, has seen his side win their first eight and draw their last four, including this month’s Nations League encounters with Italy, England and Hungary .
Flick said he hopes his side will be rewarded for their hard work when they face Italy in Group 3 of the Nations League A in Monchengladbach on Tuesday.
“It goes without saying that I don’t see the four draws as something good,” said Flick at a virtual press conference from their base in Herzogenaurcach, Bavaria.
“We want to win, the players and I. We want to develop our will to win games when it counts. We’re in a team development process and we’re very positive.”
“It is clear that there will be setbacks, but then you go and do better next time,” he said.
Four-time world champions Germany, who were knocked out in the first round at the 2018 World Cup for their earliest retirement in 80 years, are aiming to be at their best at this year’s World Cup in Qatar.
“You can also say that we score in every game,” said Flick when asked about the efficiency of his attack. The Germans only had one shot on target in the 1-1 draw against Hungary in the entire 90 minutes.
Flick’s side have scored four goals in their last four games, with striker Timo Werner far from his best and none of those goals came from a striker.
“Wins are always important for teams and strengthen the team’s self-confidence,” said Flick.
“It would be nice if we could be rewarded for our efforts. With a win, the conviction that we have good quality grows.”
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