Germany manager and former Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick made no bones about it, he wants to bring an attacking (gasp! — exciting) style of play back to Die Mannschaft.
“Anyone who has followed FC Bayern for the past two years knows the football that I stand for. If you attack the opponent together and stand high up, with quick transition and quick attacks, you have a high probability of success, we want our team to do the same,” said Flick at a press conference (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia).
As far as how he will bring the “sexy” back to Germany, Flick might call on a little help from some old friends. When asked about Mario Götze and Marco Reus, Flick did not rule anything out.
“(Mario) Götze is back on track in Eindhoven. He scores goals and is important again for the team. For me, Reus is one of the best players in the final third. He can open up any defense on his own. He is one of the best in his position,” Flick said. “I said it earlier, I want to have the best players. If Mats Hummels, Jérôme Boateng and Thomas Müller perform at their best, then they are part of this team again.”
Before anyone starts to get anxious about Flick recreating the 1983 Philadelphia Phillies — who were affectionately known as the “Wheeze Kids” — the sextuple-winner integrating young players is also vital to Germany’s plans.
“Young talent is very important, but it’s crucial that the best players play for the national team, regardless of their age. But we will also give young players the opportunity to take the next step here,” Flick said.