Germany lowers its full strength to face the Netherlands in a friendly match


Germany coach Hansi Flick will field the full team against the Netherlands in a friendly match on Tuesday (29/3). Including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and defender Antonio Rudiger who returned to the squad as Germany tried to maintain their winning streak.

Team Flick are on an eight-game winning streak since coaching the Panzer team last year. But for him the 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 said in a virtual press conference on Monday (28/3).

The Qatar World Cup starts in November and ends in December. Germany, who were knocked out 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 victory makes us stronger and makes us more confident,” said Flick.

Germany have won eight in a row since taking charge of Flick after a 2-0 win over Israel on Saturday when many players were ruled out due to injury, rest or other reasons.

Since he took charge of this team, Germany have scored 33 goals and conceded only twice.

“We go into every game to win. We respect the Netherlands. They have top and quality players 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 have the next games and want to win them. We have to shoulder that demand along with the quality in our team.” (OL-8)