Hansi Flick has lower than two months to go and solely two worldwide matches left earlier than the DFB group kicks off the World Cup in Qatar. The Nations League recreation against Hungary confirmed that there’s a lot of labor forward.
The undeniable fact that Flick conceded his first defeat as nationwide coach with a rating of 0: 1 and that issues aren’t trying good for the Germans in Group A, 3 of the Nations League are additional warnings. However, the truth that there may be solely a recreation against England on subsequent Monday (26 September 2022, dwell on sportschau.de) earlier than the World Cup, adopted by a Test against Oman, is worrying given this concept.
Lots of dangerous passes, no construct up play
The Hungarians, who did not qualify for the World Cup however just lately suffered a historic 0-4 defeat at house to England in the Nations League, launched a shock assault. In entrance of a full home in Leipzig, coach Marco Rossi’s aspect compelled the DFB right into a collection of errors and successfully thwarted the Germans’ efforts.
Hansi Flick deployed his most popular 4-2-3-1 system with Timo Werner in place of Kai Havertz, organising a ‘deep run’ stylistic gadget with Werner’s velocity however no signal of him for lengthy. Werner, Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane repeatedly supplied sprints behind the Hungarian line, however Ilkay Gundogan and Joshua Kimmich both failed to finish passes in any respect or have been too inaccurate.
Sensational purpose of Eski Salai
The guests deservedly took the lead after 17 minutes – with an excellent purpose from an outdated buddy of the Bundesliga. Adam Salai, who beforehand labored for Schalke, Hannover and Hoffenheim earlier than lastly retiring from Mainz, is now 34 years outdated and on his farewell tour with the nationwide group. He confirmed what he is nonetheless able to after a nook from the left: together with his again to purpose, the centre-forward was dazed and despatched a backheel previous Marc-Andre ter Stegen on the far submit.
The DFB group was rocking laborious. Niklas Sule and Antonio Rüdiger dazzled with a fast free-kick, Daniel Gazdag dived free in entrance of Ter Stegen, however the Barca keeper made it 0-2 (twenty fifth) with good positional play. In possession of the ball, Germany continued to invent remarkably little, missing velocity, creativity, consciousness of small areas and, above all, the braveness to open a dangerous move.
First likelihood to attain earlier than the break
Just six minutes earlier than the break, the Germans managed to threaten the purpose for the primary time. But Thomas Müller headed David Raum’s left winger straight into the arms of Peter Gulacsi. At half-time, the Leipzig crowd whistled and Hansi Flick watched a number of video sequences on his laptop computer earlier than going into the dressing room.
The first consequence of this was the change in the second spherical: Thilo Koerer changed the weak Gnabry, and Jonas Hofmann was promoted to the place on the precise. Apparently, Gundogan additionally obtained clear directions: he lastly dared to go behind the Hungarian five-man line, which a minimum of led to an offside purpose by Sane (52′) and Müller (53′).
Plenty of ball loss, however a minimum of numerous effort
This was additionally very noticeable in the second spherical: the Germans continued to make errors at an alarming fee, however the restoration of many errant balls labored a lot better now. Some aggressiveness was acknowledged, and at occasions direct mixtures have been tried, however the DFB-Elf remained miles away from ease and self-assertion.
In the ultimate 20 minutes, Flick examined artistic gamers Havertz and Jamal Musiala, but it surely was solely harmful after Kimmich’s two strikes. On the opposite hand, Ter Stegen needed to make saves in the closing levels of two Hungarian counter-attacks against Martin Adam and Laszlo Kleinheisler, so the defeat may have been worse.