Germany wants to erase bad memories at the World Cup

The draw for the 2022 World Cup resulted in Group E being the toughest group with two big names Spain and Germany in it. Die Mannschaft, who in their last edition in Russia, fell in the group stage determined to erase bad memories.

“It is inevitable that we will have a strong opponent. We have negative memories, but nothing like that will happen to us twice,” said Germany captain Manuel Neuer.

The group stage will also be the fifth meeting between Germany and Spain at the World Cup. They last met in the 2010 edition when La Furia Roja became champions. Germany, now, feels confident with its new regeneration.

“We are confident, we will experience a good tournament,” added the Bayern Munich goalkeeper.

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Group E is also inhabited by big names in Asia, namely Japan. One more place to follow will be filled between Costa Rica or New Zealand which will still play the playoffs.

For Hans-Dieter Flick, this World Cup will be his first tournament in charge of the national team as Joachim Loew’s successor. This will be a test for Flick and the regeneration of a team that combines young players with a handful of veteran players who won the 2014 edition in Brazil.

“It’s an interesting group, but not easy,” he said.

Instead of worrying about Spain, Flick is more concerned about Japan, which has the potential to surprise.

According to him, the Blue Samurai team should also be wary of considering the material of good players who play a lot in the Bundesliga.

“We expect a lot from this tournament. Japan is a team with a lot of players in the Bundesliga so they have a lot of quality.”

On the other hand, Spain coach Luis Enrique is also confident with the draw even though his team is in the hell group.

The former Barcelona coach thinks the match against Germany will be eagerly awaited. This duel with Germany will also be a means of proving the regeneration of La Furia Roja.

“You can clearly see that Germany have improved, they are going through a period of renewal. But we are Spain, ranked seventh in the world and we want to beat everyone in the world,” said Enrique. (AFP/OL-1)