VfL Wolfsburg managing director for sport Jörg Schmadtke has criticized Germany coach — and former Bayern Munich boss — Hansi Flick for sending Ridle Baku home before Germany’s last World Cup qualifier match of the international break. Baku was in Germany’s squad for Germany’s matches against Liechtenstein and Armenia, but the Wolfsburg right-back was sent home before the game against Iceland.
Hansi Flick’s decision for Baku’s travel home was the fact he had opted for other players. Flick had probably thought that Wolfsburg wanted him to get the rest and have more time to prepare for the weekend clash. However, Schmadtke scrutinized Flick as he never had any say in the matter.
Speaking to Sport1 (as captured by BuliNews.com)about the decision, Schmadtke said he would have liked to be contacted on the matter. “It wasn’t without problems. Quite specifically, I would have liked if they had called me to weigh up whether it would be a good move,” said Schmadtke.
Baku only played up until the 60th minute against Liechtenstein and was not used again during the international break. Many fans have wondered why Germany has not given Baku more playtime after excellent play at Wolfsburg and him being one of Germany’s most promising defenders.
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“I don’t have the impression that it created a rift with Ridle. But something like that can cause disruption,” Schmadtke added. After just two appearances for Germany, Baku might start to question his role with Die Mannschaft. Flick surely meant no harm, but it is important to keep these relationships with clubs and players intact.
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