Germany coach Hansi Flick will field the full team against the Netherlands in a friendly on Wednesday (30/3) CET, including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and defender Antonio Rudiger, who are back in the squad as Germany try to maintain their winning streak.
The Panzers are on a streak of eight wins in a row since being coached by Flick, last year. However, for Flick, those statistics mean nothing ahead of the friendly against the Netherlands in Amsterdam.
“I’m not interested in that winning run. I’m only interested in winning if it means at the end of December we won eight games in a row,” Flick told a virtual press conference. “And you all know very well what that means.”
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The Qatar World Cup will start in November and end in December. Germany, who were eliminated in the first round of the 2018 World Cup, have set their sights on capturing the World Cup crown for a fifth time.
“I told the team that I wanted to win this game (against Holland) because every win makes us stronger and makes us more confident,” said Flick.
Germany have won eight in a row since being managed by Flick after a 2-0 win over Israel on Saturday (26/3) when many players were sidelined due to injury, rest or other reasons.
Since he took charge of the German national team, the Panzer team have scored 33 goals and conceded only twice.
“We go into every game to win,” said Flick. “We respect the Netherlands. They have top players and quality in every part of the team. We want to try to put them under pressure to force them to make mistakes.”
“Statistics are good for statisticians but I know we are facing the next games and want to win them. We have to shoulder that demand along with the quality in our team.” (Ant/OL-1)