Germany coach Hansi Flick hopes to win a decisive match against Costa Rica
Germany coach Hansi Flick does not intend to step down if the four-time world champion is knocked out of the tournament Globalism He said on Wednesday that the cup is early for the second tournament in a row.
Flick, who took over last year after 15 years in charge of Joachim Loew, saw his side lose their Group E opener against Japan before drawing 1-1 with Spain thanks to a late equalizer. The Germans were eliminated in the first round at the 2018 World Cup, at the time their earliest exit in more than 80 years.
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“I can confirm that (I’ll stay) on my side but I have a contract until 2024 and I’m looking forward to getting Euros (in 2024) but there’s still a long time until then,” he told a news conference. Germany will host the 2024 European Championship.
The Germans are up to the wall in their final game against Costa Rica on Thursday, and need a win to have any chance of advancing to the knockout stage. A win over Costa Rica, who lost 7-0 in their opening match against Spain, coupled with Spain’s victory over Japan, would see it with the Spaniards.
However, a tie between Spain and Japan in the other game, or even a win for the Asians, would take the equation down to goal difference.
“We want to finish the match early in order to put more pressure on the other group match,” he said. “They (Costa Rica) will probably be defensive. We need to do that and we have to have the attitude we showed against Spain.”
Costa Rica have only scored one shot on goal in their two matches so far, but it was enough to score the winner over Japan.
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“When you look at the table, Costa Rica has a chance to reach the last 16. A draw, and a win for Spain, is enough for them to advance,” Flick said. “I expect Costa Rica to play defensively like they did against Japan.”
“We have to find solutions against that.” Depending on the outcome of the other match, qualification could come down to goal difference, with Spain’s huge win over Central America giving them the advantage. Scoring more goals against Costa Rica than Spain is not an option for Flick.
“I think talking about scoring eight goals would show disrespect to Costa Rica,” he said.
“We will be happy if we win it and that is our goal. We want to try to decide it for us from the start. But to come back from 7-0 down and put up such a defensive performance against Japan deserves respect.”
As for the pressure, Flick doesn’t feel it even though German Championship fame is at stake.
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