Five reasons why Hansi Flick can take Germany back to the top
The 56-year-old has the started his tenure with Die Mannschaft brightly.
Germany have begun their life under new manager Hansi Flick in near spotless fashion. Die Mannschaft has won both of their first two games under the tactician comfortably while keeping clean sheets. While their opposition teams Liechtenstein and Armenia are not the pick of the bunch amongst the elite teams of the continent, it would be a welcome positive boost.
Germany is desperate to impact positively once again and make a statement ever since winning the World Cup in 2014. Why does the beginning of the reign on Hansi Flick look promising for Germany? These five reasons explain why.
5. Familiarity with the previous system
Having spent eight years as an assistant to Joachim Low, Hansi Flick is highly familiar with the tactical system used by his former boss for Germany. His understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the players would be at a considerably higher level. It would also be very easy for him to make the transition to his system quick and surgical.
The majority of the players who are currently the nucleus of the German side are habituated with Low’s idea of gameplay. However, the Bayern Munich stars who are part of the national team have also played under Flick, winning a number of silverwares. This will help the 56-year-old to strike a chord in the longer run and put their Euro 2020 disappointment in the back.
4. Competent tactical understanding and adaptability
The invaluable experience Flick has collected during his as manager, assistant coach and director of various footballing entities is proof enough of the great understanding he possesses of the game. His brilliant knowledge of the game and ability to tweak the tactics could prove to be of great use, especially when they face resolute low-block sides with great quality on the counter. A loss similar to the one they had against England in the round of 16 of the Euro 2020 could be avoided with such an adept manager in the sidelines.
3. Proven success
The 2019-20 season was one of the best campaigns Bayern Munich have ever had. After a difficult 2018-19 season, Bayern Munich flourished under the tactical changes and positive football of Hansi Flick. His system brought out the best and rejuvenated in the squad.
The Bavarians ended up winning the Bundesliga by a comfortable margin despite the pandemic, and was one of the few teams that re-entered football with the same verve and energy that they left with. Flick’s brilliant planning and approach was one of the key factors behind a Bayern side stepping it up a level from what they were before the break due to the pandemic.
He was also part of the 2014 FIFA World Cup winning German team as the assistant to Joachim Low.
2. Understanding of the talent at his disposal
Having spent nearly his entire career at Germany, the understanding of Hansi Flick of the talent held within the German football sphere is immaculate. He was also the sporting director of the German Football Association for a period of three years. His base is deeply rooted in German football and therefore his knowledge about the various players and people within the ranks is top notch. This could be a huge deal for German football and its future development.
1. Familiarity with the national team
What makes Flick one of the best choices at the helm is because of his familiarity and experience with the national team. Coaching a club and coaching a national team are two different entities. The requirements and needs differ vastly due to the time for which players are usually available.
However, Hansi Flick has a great understanding regarding the differences due to the time he spent under Joachim Low between 2006-2014. This is a crucial piece of advantage for the tactician, who could be the ideal person to revive German football to the pinnacle of the sport.