“It was disappointing how we played football. But in football you can always get a smack. You have to draw the right conclusions, but that’s not my job,” Flick said during his weekly press conference (as captured by Tz).
Naturally, with Joachim Löw under fire from pundits just about everywhere, the speculation turned to what Flick would think of potentially taking over for his old boss.
“You know that I live here and now,” Flick said. “That’s why things like this are far too far away to worry about.”
Clearly, Flick was not going to dip his toes into that water because he knows exactly how any comment he makes would likely ignite a string of DFB-related fireworks in the media. Flick did, however, acknowledge his relationship with DFB director Oliver Bierhoff, just days after Bierhoff, himself, said that he could see Flick eventually taking over for Löw.
“I got to know and appreciate Oliver,” Flick said. “We worked together trustingly and loyally. He tries to get the best out of his team. He was a valuable partner.”
Finally, the topic of Löw bringing back players Thomas Müller and Jerome Boateng was broached. Flick, once again, did not want to delve deeply into that matter.
“We’ll talk about it briefly, but the situation is clear: Jogi Löw has made a decision and you have to accept that” Flick said. “It is not my job to judge that. I am glad that they are on my team.”