Speaking in a press conference on Wednesday ahead of Germany’s UEFA Nations League game against Hungary, Jonas Hofmann discussed his ambitions of wanting to help his nation win the World Cup again.
“As the German football team, we always have the aspiration of challenging for the title,” said Hofmann. “There are six to eight teams that have this goal. It will be very even because the footballing world at the highest level has become much tighter.
“Even small countries can beat bigger countries, which was unthinkable not that long ago. It will be exciting, but we go into it wanting to return back to the top of the world.”
Scoring five and creating two in eight games across all competitions for Borussia Mönchengladbach this season, Hofmann discussed the importance of the Nations League.
“In every international game, we are representing our country and want to win the game,” added Hofmann. “That these games are now competitive matches rather than friendlies is an even greater incentive to try to win a title. Depending on the draw for the groups, you are also playing against absolutely top-class teams.
“Hansi sets an example of this which transfers to the players. Especially looking forward to big tournaments, as players, we would like to use this opportunity to make a case for selection.”
Germany are without Manuel Neuer and Leon Goretzka for their game against Hungary after the Bayern Munich duo tested positive for Covid-19. Julian Brandt has also withdrawn from the squad but Oliver Baumann and Max Arnold have been called up as replacements.