Resignation never entered Hansi Flick’s thoughts following Germany’s early World Cup exit, as the coach lamented “unacceptable” mistakes.
A premature departure from Qatar means four-time champions Germany have suffered back-to-back group-stage exits at the World Cup, having also been eliminated early in Russia four years ago.
A 2-1 defeat to Japan in their opening match was followed by a 1-1 draw against Spain, while a 4-2 win over Costa Rica in their final Group E game was not enough.
Despite those shortcomings, Flick’s focus remained on his post and he says the idea of leaving was never considered.
“No. It was never an issue for me to resign,” he told SID.
“I am absolutely convinced. And the communication and cooperation with Bernd Neuendorf and [Hans-Joachim] Watzke are very good, we have a good understanding.”
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Germany’s exit from the competition came despite having an expected goals (xG) of 10.4 from the group stages, higher than any other side, though only six goals were scored from 69 shots – showing Flick where improvements are needed.
“If you put the data on top of that, we were one of the teams that created the most scoring chances. But we lacked efficiency,” he added.
“Defensively it was only average, so we didn’t have enough compactness. The opponents took advantage of this, they had the efficiency that we lacked.
“We didn’t have the consistency over 90 minutes to pull through our match plan 100 percent. But we need that for the future, which is enormously important.
“Mistakes like the last 30 minutes against Japan are unacceptable at this level.”
Germany will now look to build towards Euro 2024, which they are hosting, and Flick knows exactly what his side need to work on.
“We have to generate enthusiasm again. Every player and every coach wants to be supported by the fans,” he added.
“But we know that the general mood, which was depressed by the last tournaments anyway, was not improved by our performance in Qatar.
“We want to change that. We want to show attractive football and prove to the fans: ‘we get it’.
“We’re proud to be able to play for Germany and we’re looking forward to the European Championships at home. Everyone has to give their all to show top performance in every game.”
As the host nation, Germany’s spot at the 2024 European Championship is already secure, with friendlies likely to be played in March’s international break.