According to Hansi Flick, the national team vaccination problem will likely be resolved soon. But that’s not all.
During his video transfer from London, Hansi Flick first saw himself twice and was later disturbed by a fire alarm. But the national coach has made his message clear: the vaccination issue with Joshua Kimmich and other domestic players will soon be resolved – of course Flick knew nothing about the Bayern pro’s positive test.
With audible relief, Flick announced on Wednesday afternoon that Kimmich would drop his highly controversial nationwide resistance to a corona vaccination with an mRNA vaccine. “I think Jo is going in the direction of the vaccination,” said Flick: “I can now play for a while. A lot will have changed by the time the next international game in March.”
A few hours later, Kimmich’s positive test became known. As the unvaccinated contact person for someone infected with the corona, Kimmich was in quarantine anyway. It was initially unclear whether the 26-year-old international was showing symptoms.
He had spoken to Kimmich, national coach Flick, who has attended a number of Premier League and Champions League games in England, revealed shortly before. “It was a really good conversation, I saw a trend. He cares a lot about it.” It is wrong to “pillory” Kimmich – it distracts from the fact that in Germany “a lot should get better”.
Flick confirms Gnabry’s vaccination
Based on information from SPOX and GOAL, the Kimmich club and DFB colleague Serge Gnabry, who had recovered from a corona infection, and Jamal Musiala received the first vaccine. Flick confirmed it for Gnabry: “Serge received a vaccination booster.” That would be enough once the disease was conquered. Musiala should develop full vaccine protection during the winter holidays.
Before the transition to the year of the 2022 World Cup, the national coach will also deal with sports matters. “We are currently not a benchmark,” he said unequivocally: “We want to move the future project forward and take this path with all our might. Now is the time.”
Flick had discussed it with national team manager Oliver Bierhoff, who hosted the national coach from Frankfurt. On the “long way” back to the top of the world, the milestones are clearly defined. “We claim to be in the bottom four in every men’s or women’s tournament. We want to win a title every ten years, so we take the U21s with us,” said Bierhoff.
Bierhoff pursues great goals
Flick, who has vowed to take office after Joachim Löw’s long era, adopted the target phrase “Back to the top” published in 2018/19 and spoke of “Back on top” himself. It means “not trivial to become world champion”, restricts Bierhoff, and “worthy of world championship” is also a good term.
“We also want to be among the best in the world when it comes to fan identification, enthusiasm and audience. We also want our players to be role models and be socially active,” said Bierhoff. This will be closely watched in view of controversial World Cup host Qatar.
Bierhoff asked for patience with the interplay of many factors. “We are not waiting for a big bang, we have started a process,” he said. The Nations League will be a first test phase in 2022 “and an indication of where we are going”.
The national coach does not want to offer a one-man show by then, he goes through the clubs and their coaches. “It’s always better and easier together. There are a lot of things that other nations have already done,” he said. In terms of strategy and tactics, the team is “on the right track”, but it is still a long way off.