The multi-purpose Joshua Kimmich had a multi-purpose phrase earlier than the sport. “Honestly, I’ve not often performed in opposition to a group that defends so effectively,” stated the worldwide, referring to the leaders of Group 3 of the Nations League: the Hungarians, who the DFB group confronted in a troublesome sport in June. the first assembly was held. With the identical sentence, Bayern participant Kimmich may additionally signify Bundesliga leaders, 1. FC Union Berlin. The Hungarians are the Union Berlin of the Nations League – this high quality is evident, particularly if you end up on the pitch as their opponent.
The German national group additionally needed to endure the likes of Bayern Munich in disaster, on that day it was all about the scenario of DFB-Elf FC Bayern, the taking part in system of DFB-Elf Bayern FC (no centre-forward!) and the Nations League in far-off Arabia in lower than eight weeks. together with one other match to be held.
For national coach Hansi Flick, of course, having coached Bayern Munich and nearly by no means had an issue with them, this night introduced many challenges directly. On the one hand, it was about the present end result, on the different hand, it was about common information about the World Cup, and generally, the German group introduced an excessive amount of weight to the sport: it confirmed the weakest of the first half. In the service of Hansi Flick. He was significantly better in the second half, but it surely wasn’t what you’d name a World Cup. Flick missed his first actual objective as DFB coach: after the 0: 1 (0: 1) sport in opposition to Hungary, the Germans can now not win the Nations League group. And the national coach needed to document his first defeat in his time period.
“Now is higher than November,” Flick stated. Such a sport is not going to depart his group, however it might have “opened his eyes”. And the national coach additionally admitted: the first half was merely “unhealthy”. Thomas Müller noticed it that approach: “You can see that the interval at the membership is not straightforward for most individuals,” he stated. “We could not get the power on the area.”
Hungary builds the total area in a really skilled method
Flick selected the line-up he would usually count on. To put it mildly, this was not a formation primarily based on present form curves. It was most likely an elf that was as soon as designated as the unique eleven and now holds pedagogical motifs. Among different issues, it was about getting the misplaced Timo Werner and Serge Gnabry again in what was a titanic efficiency in opposition to an eleven that defended like a combination of Hungary and Union Berlin. The friends organized all the rooms in a really skilled method, which was particularly an issue for Werner. Werner wants passes in areas, however there have been no passes even with out area.
Ironically, Hungary took the lead early – by means of a traditional middle ahead objective. Adam Salai, who has no less than a good Bundesliga profession behind him, turns Dominik Soboslay’s nook along with his heel (17′). Soboslay, by the way, performs for RB Leipzig in civilian life, which was his residence sport at this stadium, in addition to for compatriots Peter Gulacsi and Willy Orban, in addition to DFB gamers Timo Werner and David Raum. In addition to DFB-Elf, Hungary, Union Berlin, FC Bayern and Qatar, RB Leipzig additionally entered the area, additional narrowing the area there.
In truth, Flick ought to have been a bit shell-shocked in the first half. He is aware of his group can do significantly better, however in the first 45 minutes that truth can solely be guessed at. DFB-Elf slowly and with out change performed forwards and backwards in entrance of the Hungarian Union penalty space, with no participant daring to make a vertical move apart from Ilkay Gundogan. It wasn’t till the thirty ninth minute that Thomas Müller may very well be known as Germany’s first likelihood to attain after Raum’s ball. This is also an enormous drawback at the World Cup in Qatar: Flick has one of the finest flankers in the nation – David Raum – however there aren’t any glad prospects for such applications.
Flick modifications the statics of the sport
At first look, Flick’s half-time change regarded adventurous: he changed Gnabry, who was nonetheless struggling for form, with defender Thilo Kerer. At second look, the concept behind the maneuver was clear: Flick switched to a three-man Koerer/Sühle/Rüdiger line of defense and allowed former defenders Raum and Jonas Hofmann to play a form of winger. Because of that, or as a result of of the sermon of the national coach, the statics of the sport modified. The German group now acknowledges that it is attainable to create its personal area with little effort. Now it was the deep runs that Flick demanded from the begin. Gundogan’s lengthy ball took simply 5 minutes to search out the sprinter Leroy Sane, and goalkeeper Gulacsi needed to make a severe first-time save. Three extra minutes later, DFB-Elf went shut in a similar way: Gündogan’s subsequent move despatched Hofmann again to Müller, however his objective was disallowed – Hofmann was dominated offside.
Flick’s aspect now regarded extra decided, with the national coach backed by the substitutions of Kai Havertz and Jamal Musiala. DFB-Elf had been now on the run (when you can resist Hungary/Union) and in the 77th minute it was troublesome once more: Havertz and Kimmich failed in an enormous double likelihood, first by keeper Gulacsi after which by defender Adam Lang. The ball goes off the line. But the Hungarians continued to defend as leaders of Group 3 of the Nations League and/or leaders of the Bundesliga.
At the finish of a depressing night, there was no less than one piece of excellent news for DFB-Elf: the Hungarians are usually not at the World Cup.