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“A real stroke of luck for Germany”: former Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge raves about Hansi Flick and Germany’s chances ahead of Qatar 2022

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WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 13: Hansi Flick, head coach of the German national football team talks with the media during a press conference of the German national football team on November 13, 2021 in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Former Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge  believes that Flick has brought back the ‘faith’ in the German national team.

In a lengthy interview with news agency DPA, Bayern Munich icon Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was asked to share his thoughts on Hansi Flick’s impact on the Germany national team.

The 65-year-old had nothing but praise for the sextuple-winning manager, highlighting one of Flick’s strengths of bringing the best out of his teams.

“Hansi did an outstanding job with us,” began Kalle (as captured by SZ).

 “He took over the team when it was in sixth place. He went on to win six titles that year. He made a great contribution to that. A team has to function perfectly. Hansi managed to achieve that.”

Germany Chances ahead of Qatar 2022 

Die Mannschaft can present themselves as leading contenders at the upcoming World Cup at Qatar, Rummenigge confidently replied –

“If you now look at his first few months as national coach, the answer must be: yes, of course!”

The former Bayern CEO further added that Flick’s management has revitalized the star-studded German team that seemed to have lost its football identity in recent years.

“He won seven games and set a record as national coach. But the most important thing for me is that faith in the national team has returned,” explained Rummenigge.

“We lost that after the messed-up European Championship at the latest. Hansi’s style of play has brought it back. He’s worth his weight in gold for the DFB, a real stroke of luck.”

Has Hansi Flick restored optimism to the national team? 

It was just around this time last year that Germany’s national football team suffered one of their biggest-ever humiliations.

North Macedonia players in joyful mood after beating  Germany  in Duisburg, western Germany (Getty Images)

A 2-1 defeat in March by North Macedonia – just the third home World Cup qualifying loss in their history – was seen by many as further evidence of a crisis in German football, following their exit at the group stage of the 2018 World Cup.

After 15 years as Germany manager, Joachim Loew parted ways after losing to England 2-0 in this summer’s European Championships at the Round of 16 stage.

Hansi Flick, Loew’s assistant in 2014, was appointed in May of this year, concluding the Joachim Loew era officially.

Flick further expressed his intention of developing Germany into one of football’s greatest forces again.

“We want to get back to where we once were, to the top of the world, to the top of the world,” the former Bayern Munich mastermind emphasized.

“In November 2019 nobody would have thought that Bayern Munich would win the Champions League in 2020,” reminded Flick

After two failed tournaments in a row, Germany look to be back to their best With seven wins from seven under the ex-Bayern man, Die Mannschaft are playing with confidence again.

Germany Chances ahead of Qatar 2022 

Kai Havertz, İlkay Gündoğan and Leroy Sané all in training Germany(Getty Images)

The World Cup in Qatar will commence in approximately  10 months from today.

Germany may have struggled for consistency ever since 2016 and have not reached any final since but if there’s one man who can turn them into real contenders for the trophy in a short span of time, it’s Hansi Flick- A manager spoken of in the highest regard; Hansi Flick remains one of the best football coaches in the world today.

Having revitalised Bayern and now the German national side, a trophy on the international stage in Qatar in 2022 looks a very real possibility.

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