NAfter Captain Manuel Neuer's absence due to Corona, Marc-André ter Stegen will return on Friday (8:45 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Nations League and on ZDF) in the Nations League game against Hungary in Leipzig in goal for the German national team. He didn't have to "make a secret of it," said the national coach Hansi Flick this Thursday after the final training, which took place in Frankfurt am Main on the DFB campus in the Niederrad district.
The 30-year-old goalkeeper from FC Barcelona is "number two" behind Newswho on Wednesday, as did his Bayern team-mate Leon Goretzka left the DFB quarters after a positive test. Both will now play the games against Hungary and three days later in London against England (8:45 p.m FAZ live ticker for the Nations League and on RTL).
When it comes to the topic, the national coach thinks particularly of the upcoming World Cup corona. "That can also affect us in Qatar," said the 57-year-old Flick with regard to the corona problem with a view to the tournament in November and December: "We have to react to it and deal with the situation as best we can. Maybe we have to consciously reduce contacts again, ”said Flick after the final training session.
However, the 57-year-old admitted that it was not easy how to behave. “You travel a lot too. Life should also go on," said Flick: "So we have to see that we keep it under control."
Jamal Musiala from Munich is fit again after suffering a laceration on his leg during training on Tuesday. Flick gave two goals for the games against Hungary and three days later in London against England. He is aiming to win the group in the Nations League on, which would definitely be secured with two wins. "That would be a statement," said the national coach. In addition, you want to warm up for the World Cup.
If the national team loses against Hungary, the path to group victory and the Final Four 2023 is blocked. The Hungarians have hit the German national team twice recently: they drew 2-2 at the European Championship last year, and the first leg in June ended happily 1-1. "They are very closed, everyone runs for each other," said striker Timo Werner.