World Cup 2022: DFB star irritated: "There’s a lot of shooting at us"

Before the second group game of the German national team against Spain, Kai Havertz and Julian Brandt answered journalists’ questions. Among other things, there is the difficult starting position after the defeat in Japan, the talks of the last few days and how to deal with criticism. You can follow the DFB press conference here in the live ticker.

“I can understand that many fans are negative. There is a lot of shooting against us. But I’m not worried in my head. I don’t care what happened in the past,” said Havertz about the many critical voices that were heard in rained down on the team in the past few days.

Nevertheless, one wants to look confidently to the upcoming game. “I haven’t been in a particularly good mood the last few days. But if you digest that slowly, then you start looking forward to Sunday. If you criticize yourself, then that helps a team. We have to step on the gas in the training sessions and give ourselves a good feeling “. according to Havertz.

Havertz is not afraid that the Spaniards will appear confident thanks to a 7-0 win against Costa Rica. “We know they are of high quality but we are not hiding. We have to put our performances on the pitch.”

Brandt is also certain that the DFB will show a better performance against Spain than against Japan. “We discussed what we didn’t do well. We discussed. We had a very good exchange. We all left the meeting feeling like we wanted to win the game.”

DFB team – press conference with Brandt and Havertz today in the live ticker to read

PK end: That was it again from the press conference of the German team.

Havertz on his favorite position: “The position question is really annoying me now. Everyone knows that I can play right, left, nine and ten. Of course the positions are different, but I can play anything in the front. I really like the nines position, but I also know that as a striker you have to score goals. If I play there again on Sunday, I will do my best again.”

Havertz on a possible further protest: “Everyone knows our point of view. But our focus now is 100 per cent on football.”

Havertz on a possible Golden Boot win: “We have other problems. My focus is on helping the team. If someone else scores ten goals, then I’m happy. Winning is my primary goal.”

Brandt on the last 6-0 defeat against Spain: “I don’t think it matters. It’s been two years. We’re in a different situation. We’re a lot further, regardless of what the last results were. We’re in a shitty situation and Spain come in 7th 0-0 win behind us to the stadium. But it’s a chance for us. It releases a lot of energy. A little bit a year ago, you lost to France in the opening game and then you won the second game against Portugal. The Troops are familiar with such a situation. I don’t think the 0:6 is still relevant.”

Havertz on public criticism from teammates: “It was constructive criticism from Ilkay and Manu. I can understand the lads. We talked about it. Criticism like that is good for the team because we’re developing. That’s a small snippet from an interview. Nobody’s angry.”

Havertz about his family: “My family is here. They support me in the stadium and here in the camp.”

Havertz on Spain: “We know they are of high quality but we are not hiding. We have to put our performances on the pitch.”

Havertz about his anger in the last few days: “I haven’t been in a particularly good mood the last few days. But if you digest that slowly, then the anticipation for Sunday comes. If you criticize yourself, it helps a team. We have to step on the gas in the training sessions and give ourselves a good feeling.”

Havertz on a “too nice” flick: “We all remember it from school. The last thing you can blame the coach for is that he doesn’t talk to us enough. After yesterday’s debate, everyone knows what we need to do differently. I don’t think he’s too is nice. I don’t have to be yelled at. A clear statement is enough for me.”

Brandt on the debate after the Japan game: “We mostly talked about the issues that we didn’t do well. Everyone saw that we didn’t take our chances. We analyzed what we did wrong with the goals we conceded. We hardly talked about the positive things. It’s about if you’re 1-0 up and we don’t get that lead, we bring the game home.”

Havertz on the poor form this year: “I can understand the negativity coming from a lot of fans. There’s a lot of shooting going on against us. But mentally I’m not worried. I don’t care about what’s happened in the past. It’s a big game on Sunday. That’s where it takes nothing to get negative thoughts now. The view goes ahead for us.”

Havertz on the status as a tournament team: “The statistics don’t speak for us. But we have experienced a change in recent years, it’s not easy. That’s no excuse. What we have shown is not enough. But we will do everything we can to do that to enhance.”

Havertz on fan support: “We are happy about every single fan who supports us. That tickles the last percent out of everyone. We know that the support in this tournament may not be quite as good as we know it. This year it felt a little less in the first game, but we appeal to everyone to support us on Sunday.”

Brandt on leaders in the team: “The burden is shared on everyone’s shoulders. We’re all leaders at our clubs and we have a certain responsibility there. We have to go into it with conviction. I have the feeling that everyone wants that too.”

Brandt on visiting the family after the defeat: “Kai and I didn’t have any close family, but the others were very happy to see their loved ones.”

Brandt on preparing for Spain: “We discussed what we didn’t do well. We discussed. We had a very good exchange. We all walked out of the meeting saying we wanted to win the game.”

Before start: From a German point of view, a win against the upcoming opponent Spain is essential, otherwise there is a risk of being eliminated from the group phase. If the Japanese lost and at the same time gained a point in the parallel game against Costa Rica, the DFB team would no longer have a chance of reaching the round of 16 before the final group game.

Before start: From 10 a.m. German time, Julian Brandt and Kai Havertz will answer questions from media representatives.

Before start: Hello and welcome to the press conference of the German national team.

DFB team – press conference with Julian Brandt and Kai Havertz in the live stream

In addition to our live ticker, you can also follow the press conference in the live stream. DFB shows the media round live youtube as well as the Association homepage.

World Cup 2022 – Group E with Germany: The schedule

date time Team A Team B transmission result
November 23 14 o’clock Germany Japan ARD, MagentaTV 1:2
November 23 17 o’clock Spain Costa Rica ARD, MagentaTV 7-0
November 27th 11 clock Japan Costa Rica ZDF, MagentaTV
November 27th 8 p.m Spain Germany ZDF, MagentaTV
December 01 8 p.m Costa Rica Germany ARD, MagentaTV
December 01 8 p.m Japan Spain MagentaTV

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