If we are honest, it could have been much worse for Germany.
Spain, Japan, Costa Rica and New Zealand each present their own challenges, but national coach Hansi Flick must be satisfied with his chances of leading Germany into the Round of 16 of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. It doesn’t look like an option.
Spain is the biggest shocker. After the draw, Flick said he considered the Spaniards to be the main favorites for the title, calling it a “huge box office success.”
Much has changed since Joachim Loew’s side lost 6-0 to Spain in November 2020. Flick, who was also assistant coach when Germany lost to Spain in Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, will want to show that Germany can finish top of the line.
Top or not, the Round of 16 match awaits you against Belgium, Croatia, Canada or Morocco. After that, Brazil in the quarter-finals will be a tempting opportunity. Now that the course for the World Cup has been set, the chances of Germany’s presentation have increased significantly.
Germany development team
The first signs of the age of Flick are encouraging. Germany have not lost yet since the former Bayern Munich boss took over, and with Jamal Musiyala thriving and leading man Kai Havertz, there is every reason to believe the tournament in Qatar could be the first step towards glory in the future.
But at the moment this team lacks quality in depth, especially in defence. David Raum and Nico Schlotterbeck have promising starts, but playing in the World Cup is an entirely different task.
Moreover, the core of this group is still developing. Veterans such as Manuel Neuer (36), Thomas Muller (32) and Ilkay Gundogan (31) are approaching the final stages of their international careers, and this comes with another change.
Although Germany have always gone to World Cup finals with the ambition to win it all, their chances of winning the title in Qatar are slim.
A strong performance, such as reaching the quarter-finals, would be a huge step in the right direction for a group in the early stages of a new development cycle. The lottery gave Germany an excellent opportunity to do so. (Deaf)