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Mario Basler is “afraid” of the World Cup

Ex-national player Mario Basler looks at the World Cup finals in Qatar (November 20th to December 18th) with some skepticism from a German point of view.

“I’m scared. The trend is clearly going in the wrong direction,” said the 53-year-old on Sunday in a one-two sports1. On Friday, the four-time world champion lost 1-0 to Hungary in the Nations League in Leipzig, and on Monday the DFB selection will play hosts England in London. “Nothing against Hungary, but I expect a different performance,” emphasized Basler.

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He said two years ago: “We have to get back to admitting that we are no longer the best nation in the world and that others have caught up. We are no longer the great nation that we used to be.”

However, Basler does not see Mats Hummels as part of this team. “He doesn’t stand a chance with the national team. Hummels’ time for big international games is over.” In the Bundesliga it is still enough for Hummels, but in general Basler believes: “The speed is no longer there. For me Schlotterbeck (Nico Schlotterbeck, ed.) is clearly at the bottom in the future.”

Stefan Effenberg sees Mats Hummels in the World Cup starting eleven

If national coach Hansi Flick brings Hummels back, “it’s an indictment for all central defenders who have played in the national team in the past two years,” said Basler.

Basler’s ex-colleague Stefan Effenberg, who was in the same panel, sees it differently: “I think that Mats Hummels is extremely fit this season and therefore plays at a high level,” said Effenberg and spoke out in favor of a comeback . He would even put the ex-Munich player in his World Cup starting XI.

Effenberg also emphasized: “He performed very well against Manchester City. He is a personality, for me he is the best central defender in opening the game.”


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