Muller hints at international retirement
In the wake of Germany’s World Cup exit, Thomas Muller hinted at international retirement.
I’d like to say a few words to the German fans if it was my last game for them: it was a pleasure to play for them. I really appreciate it,” Muller told Bulli News.
The pitch was always about showing heart. The tears were sometimes joyous, sometimes painful. It was done with love. Now I have to think about everything else.”
After winning the World Cup in 2014, Germany has now been eliminated from both tournaments. In Doha, Japan beat Spain 2-1, ending Germany’s hopes of qualifying from Group E despite a 4-2 win over Costa Rica at Al Bayt Stadium.
“This is an absolute disaster. It’s so bitter for us because our result would have been enough [if Spain hadn’t lost to Japan]. There’s a feeling of powerlessness. “It’s been a tremendous pleasure playing for Germany, thank you very much,” Muller said.
Flick calls for Germany reboot
Hansi Flick wants a “reboot” after Germany exited the FIFA World Cup in the group stage despite beating Costa Rica 4-2
Like last year, Japan finished third on goal difference after beating Spain and exited the tournament in the first round.
We’ve got players at top clubs, and we’ve got quality. Flick told reporters that German football needs to train differently in the future.
Our goalkeeper and wingback have been talked about for years, but what we’ve always done well is defend. Basics are key (to getting it right).
They know their tactics very well in Spain, and they’re good at training young players. Over the next 10 years, we’ve got to focus on the next generation.”
Though Flick didn’t want to “look for excuses”, he admitted Germany’s inefficiency in front of goal played a part in their early exit.
Our defense against Spain was compact, but you also have to have automatisms. There wasn’t time to train, but that’s not the reason,” Flick said.
I’d have liked to beat Spain, outrun them, and score more goals – that would have been good. We couldn’t do it, unfortunately.
Our duty was fulfilled today with a victory, but the result could have been better.”
Spain’s performance: Enrique
In the wake of Spain’s incredible World Cup scare, Luis Enrique admitted he would have had a heart attack.
On a topsy-turvy night in Group E, Japan pulled off a major shock and Spain let off a major blow.
In the end, Spain won on a goal difference after Germany beat Costa Rica, but Enrique admitted he didn’t know his team was out.
Spain boss Enrique: “We got knocked out?” Oh, I didn’t know that. What’s up? During my match, I was paying attention. We got beaten, so I’m not happy. Did we get knocked out? My heart would have stopped if I found out.”
The VAR upheld Ao Tanaka’s winner despite the ball appearing to go out of play. Enrique also questioned Japan’s winning goal.
He added: “Images must be fabricated or wrong?” I saw an image and said it can’t be real. I don’t have anything else to say. I respect you. VAR was taking so long, I knew something was wrong.”