National team: dress rehearsal with little meaning: DFB tests against Oman

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Dress rehearsal with little meaning: DFB tests against Oman

National coach Hansi Flick will probably not field his World Cup starting eleven against Oman.  Photo: Christian Charisius/dpa

National coach Hansi Flick will probably not field his World Cup starting eleven against Oman. photo

© Christian Charisius/dpa

Hansi Flick has to make a few compromises in the last World Cup test. The tournament eleven will not play against Oman. The national coach is still hoping for a few insights for Qatar.

A dress rehearsal in the classic sense is the World Cup test against the Oman Not. No Thomas Müller, no Antonio Rüdiger and a few personal compromises because of the fitness of several players.

Those are the cornerstones for Hansi Flick at the game of the national soccer team in the Sultan Kabus Stadium tonight (6 p.m. / RTL). Exactly one week before the first World Cup emergency against Japan in Qatar, the national coach weighs up exactly which player he can stress how intensively after the exhausting weeks at the clubs.

According to Flick, Mario Götze, for example, is expected to make his eagerly awaited comeback after five years DFBshirt rather not celebrate in the starting XI in Muscat. “We’ll have to wait and see what happens to Mario. He has many minutes in his legs,” said Flick after the final training session on Tuesday, during which the Frankfurter paused to control the load.

Without miller and Rudiger

Definitely missing in the last international match on the eve of leaving for Qatar will be Müller and Ruediger. Flick is planning to train with his regulars again on Saturday, who were last rested at FC Bayern Munich and Real Madrid due to muscular problems and hip problems. This protection is now to be extended for a few days. But Flick wanted to dispel doubts about the World Cup.

Flick will not yet form his World Cup starting eleven against number 75 in the world rankings. “This World Cup has different standards in terms of preparation,” said the 57-year-old about the fact that, unlike before tournaments in the summer, the players were still active in the league until last weekend. Flick announced that he wanted to rest some or all of the highly stressed actors.

The question of how Flick will form his offensive remains exciting. After the world championship failures of Timo Werner and Lukas Nmecha, the position of number ninth is still vacant. Niclas Füllkrug and Youssoufa Moukoko could make their debuts – albeit not in the starting XI. Kai Havertz or Serge Gnabry would probably be options for this.

It is clear that from the 26 German World Cup players, in addition to Müller and Rüdiger, Marc-André ter Stegen will not be used. The substitute goalkeeper did not travel to Muskat with the DFB entourage on Monday due to a gastrointestinal infection. Flick has not yet been able to say when he will join the team – whether in Oman or first in Qatar. Manuel Neuer, who has cured his shoulder injury in time, will be in goal.


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