David Raum doesn’t have to be sad. When the line-ups were ritually read, he alone received the second-highest number of applause, even though he played a doubleheader at home. At the Sinsheim stadium he usually runs down the left wing on behalf of the local TSG, he knows every blade of grass here and every blade of grass knows him. In this sense, at least the locals among the spectators were proud of their left-back, meaning people from Sinsheim, Hoffenheim, Zuzenhausen, Bammental, Sandhausen and maybe even Heidelberg, so David Raum can lead the warm-up with him to the team. headquarters and the next friendly in Amsterdam (Tuesday) assume that he was at least the most applauded footballer. However, he didn’t stand a chance against Hansi Flick, the national team manager, of whom people were obviously even more proud. Flick was one of them even before Raum was born in Nuremberg.
Heidelberg-born Hansi Flick started the World Cup year at home, but he’s not esoteric enough to see any kind of foreshadowing in him, or even in the very, very good 2-0 win against Israel, that was his Eleven, though. , hardly required borderline experiences. Flick’s employer, the German Football Association, had invited guests to the evening who behaved so discreetly that it was difficult to judge all the pretty features of Hansi Flick’s team.
From the first second, the DFB-Elf determined the rules of the game, and the Israeli players watched with interest. They themselves showed little interest in participating in this game, but were so numerous inside and in front of their own penalty area when they saw that the German team was able to complete an excellent practice session in a game on a small scale. The DFB players proved to be talented little artists, especially Jamal Musiala kept finding gaps that the gaps were not even aware of shortly before they were created. They “played very bravely,” Flick judged. He could be “generally satisfied with all parts of the team”.
National coach Flick only fielded two and a half regular players against Israel
But as sometimes happens in football: to finally take the lead, it took two set pieces. Kai Havertz headed in a corner kick from Hoffenheim’s David Raum (36′) – if you combine Havertz’s drive to the near post with the fact that the DFB have recently hired their own standard coach, you might get the idea that this is of a variation suggested during training. Almost ten minutes later, Ilkay Gündogan scored a free kick in the middle of the small area, from where Timo Werner deflected the ball into the net to make it 2-0, on the verge of legality, because nobody could rule out that parts of his shoe he had about a quarter of a cove out of play. “Eight games, six standard goals, that’s something to be proud of,” Flick said of his forward record since he became national manager.
Flick had announced “a mix of import and test” for test matches against Israel and in Amsterdam, and tests were on the agenda that night, at least in terms of personnel. To be precise, the national coach called up two and a half regular players, Havertz, who can be used anywhere offensively, and Thilo Kehrer, who can be used anywhere defensively, as well as midfielder Ilkay Gündogan, who is fundamentally suspected of being world. class, but whose starting eleven mandate is not certain: Flick relies mainly on his area of activity and reaches this time without Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka. The national coach named a starting eleven that sounded like a peace offer to those responsible for Borussia Dortmund. After all, FC Bayern (1) outnumbered Dortmund (0).
What Flick asked for tonight was twofold: In addition to personal experiments, he also had his eleven work on the “Entrance” element of the show. The style of play and tactics should work regardless of the name, and it was also clear against this opponent how the national team coach imagines his team to be active, dominant and always on the move, supported by a defense of four defenders, whose members are also encouraged. to play abruptly forward as the midfielders line up a front.
Flick shouldn’t have missed how unabashedly Nico Schlotterbeck, the defensive debutant, met this requirement. Many attacks started with his left foot which, despite an unnecessary foul in stoppage time, was the winner of the night, along with Israeli goalkeeper Ofir Marciano, who scuppered German chances in the cheap half-dozen.
Shortly before the end, Thomas Müller misses a penalty and Kevin Trapp saves one
Flick will also derive this work order from tonight: Although the ball remarkably casually ran through the ranks of top flex technicians Havertz, Musiala, Gündogan and Julian Draxler, when it came to seizing opportunities, the team took the “test ” all the time. too literally.
The game managed to stay the same for 90 minutes. One team dominated, the other got in the way. Because the findings of the night were evidently clear from the start, Flick continued the series of personal tests in the second half: Together with Christian Günther and Lukas Nmecha, he also helped the giant Anton Stach from Mainz to make his debut. Bad news for Borussia Dortmund: Bayern players Thomas Müller and Leroy Sane also attended.
However, Müller also managed to get a penalty off the post. This 3-0 would have fit the night: it would have been a goal again after a standard situation. But Müller was not alone with his mishap. After a foul by Schlotterbeck, Yonatan Cohen also missed a penalty: substitute Kevin Trapp saved and made Flick realize that he can even trust the third goalkeeper from him.