Speaking in an interview with the DFB following Germany’s 1-1 friendly draw against the Netherlands on Tuesday night, head coach Hansi Flick discussed everything from Jamal Musiala playing in a deeper role, player’s already securing a place in the Die Mannschaft squad and his team’s performance.
“It was a very good game from two teams that wanted to play football,” said Flick. “We played some great stuff for 60 minutes and could have gone 2-0 up. All in all, I’m happy but I know that we need to produce that for the full 90 minutes.
“However, the intensity from the team was incredibly high, we played with real confidence and gave a good account of ourselves.”
When questioned who would be on Germany’s plane to Qatar, Flick said: “There’s a long way to go until November/December. That’s why it was good to try out a few players.
“Every single player that was here has the quality to bring something to the squad. The pool is getting bigger and bigger and it’s only a good thing for us coaches when you have a wide selection.”
Often deployed as an attacking-midfielder, 19-year-old Musiala played a deeper role for Germany against the Netherlands, where he continued to impress.
“Jamal did a fantastic job in the holding-midfield role,” added Flick. “He knows how to keep hold of the ball and make space. He’s great at taking on players, he has a real burst of pace and can create a lot of chances. The defensive work he did alongside Ilkay Gündogan was superb. Both of them did a fine job together and Jamal showed that he is an option for that position.”
To end the interview, Flick concluded that he wants his team to remain a little more composed after losing possession on several occasions whilst working on their positional play.
The 57-year-old also confirmed that he will head to Doha for the 2022 World Cup draw.