Flick: We maintained a great level against Spain

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epa10333443 Germany's head coach Hansi Flick (L) and Thomas Mueller (R) react during the FIFA World Cup 2022 group E soccer match between Spain and Germany at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, 27 November 2022. EPA/Friedemann Vogel
  • Post published:November 28, 2022

Germany coach Hansi Flick praised his side’s mentality after they came back to grab a crucial 1-1 draw in their World Cup group game against Spain on Sunday.

The German side suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Japan in their opening game followed by a 1-1 draw against Spain in their previous match.

However, if they are to progress to the knockout stages of the tournament they will have to beat Costa Rico when the two sides square off on Thursday.

Flick believes his side are heading in the right direction following their performance against an “outstanding” Spain side.

“I liked our mentality. We maintained a great level over 90 minutes – and we showed Spain what we wanted to do.”

“The things that Niclas did, for example – we need that determination.

“Spain are a great team with many young players. They play good football – I like the way they play football.

“We need to improve in defence but what is important is that the mentality is there.

“It is too early after the game to make a statement.”

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