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“We need results”: Hansi Flick laments Germany’s dismal display against Poland

The ex-Bayern Munich trainer wasn’t pleased but is still hopeful for the future.

Poland v Germany - International Friendly
This man has seen some stuff.
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Germany’s experimental period post-World Cup isn’t going so well. After rescuing a draw in the closing minutes against Ukraine, the once-mighty men’s national team fell to Poland 1-0, despite a lion’s share of possession and shots.

“The result is absolutely disappointing,” said ex-Bayern Munich and current national team coach Hansi Flick after the game (Das Erste, via @iMiaSanMia). “We were too jittery in the first half, the pace wasn’t there, we didn’t create enough convincing chances to score. We improved in the second half and created chances, but [Polish keeper Wojciech] Szczęsny made excellent saves. The team tried in the second half, but they have to take their chances in front of goal.”

It’s a Germany line-up that isn’t quite at full strength, one could say. Bayern stalwarts Thomas Müller and Serge Gnabry are among those getting a break as Flick experiments with some fresh blood. One of those — 21-year-old AC Milan center-back Malick Thiaw — made a strong impression in his debut.

“Malick Thiaw had a great game, so we’re pleased to have a young player that can play at a high level,” Flick enthused in comments captured by

Still, it’s turning into an uncomfortable international period and the pressure’s on for a more positive showing against Colombia on Tuesday.

“We need results,” Flick concluded. “We’re going through a process and the conviction is just not there yet, we have to get there. We’re in a phase that’s not quite easy. But we’ll get out of it.”

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