After the German national team lost to Hungary, the first of the Flick era, the protagonists were particularly upset about the first half. Gladbach’s Hofmann described this as “really shitty”, while national coach Hansi Flick took the blame.
“We didn’t even take place,” said midfielder Joshua Kimmich from Bayern Munich ZDF about the first 45 minutes in the 0:1 against Hungary. “We missed everything there, too slow in passing, far too many mistakes. We didn’t put our virtues on the pitch at all.” According to Hofmann, this part of the game was simply “overslept”.
Until the break, the Gladbach player was on the right-hand side of defense behind Serge Gnabry – a move that didn’t work out, as Flick admitted: “We wanted to try something with Jonas on the right-back position and two full-backs who are strong and attacking. That has to be I take it upon myself. We never got where we could use them. It didn’t work, maybe it was too much of a transition.” David Raum from RB Leipzig acted on the left.
At the break, Flick brought in Thilo Kehrer for Serge Gnabry, Hofmann moved up one position. At the back, a mixture of a three-man and a four-man chain formed. The German game got better, in addition to an offside hit by Thomas Müller, there were one or two more chances, but it wasn’t enough to score.
DFB team loses: “Phase in the club not the easiest”
According to Hofmann, “some attempts were made to play faster, but few 100 percent chances were created. We never had a free foot in the box. The Hungarians are right: they are a disgusting team. We actually have the qualities to be there Creating chances. That wasn’t enough today.”
The defeat also means that Hungary is sure to win the group and will play for the title in the finals – a fact that annoys Kimmich: “I definitely wanted to win the group. That was clearly the goal today.” Now there is “internal Tacheles talked about”, whatever happens “whether things are going well or badly. You shouldn’t only give your opinion when things are going badly.”
The goal of the day was scored by former Mainz striker Adam Szalai, who recently announced the end of his national team career. He hit the ball fantastically after a corner. Müller said of the goal: “It’s a blind extension with the hoe, which I also try 20 times a season. Maybe I could have followed his path, where he overtakes me.” After the bankruptcy, you are “disappointed and relatively without arguments. A lot is written, many reports are written, we have to stand up for it.”
Many had noticed that “the phase in the club is not the easiest. We made mistakes without being pressured, which affected almost all players. Unfortunately, we couldn’t turn the buck over in the second half, although there was much, much better was.”