German National Team Traumatized Against Spain, the German national team got a difficult draw in the group stage of the 2022 World Cup . The captain, Manuel Neuer , has openly admitted that he is still traumatized by the encounter with Spain and does not want to achieve another bad result.
Germany qualified for the 2022 World Cup without any major problems. Germany qualified directly from the qualifying round. However, from the start, Germany was predicted to have a difficult opponent because they were in pot 2 in the drawing phase.
Sure enough. Germany have two difficult opponents in the group stage. Being in Group E, Germany must meet Spain and Japan. Meanwhile, one other slot in the Group will belong to the winner of the duel New Zealand and Costa Rica.
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German National Team Traumatized Against Spain
2022 World Cup Group E : German National Team Traumatized Against Spain, Beware of Japan
In November 2022, German National Team Traumatized Against Spain in the UEFA Nations League. Playing at the Stadio Olimpico de Sevilla, Germany lost with a landslide score of 6-0. Der Panzer suffered a bad loss and Manuel Neuer was part of that team.
“I have bad memories of the Spanish national team, but I don’t think this will happen to us twice,” Neuer was quoted as saying by Diario AS .
Neuer has a lot of experience with Spain. In addition to the 6-0 defeat, Neuer was also part of the Spain squad when they lost 1-0 at the 2010 World Cup. But, Neuer is confident that he can overcome the bad experience.
“It is clear that we will have difficult opponents in the group stage. We have negative memories, but something like this has not happened to us twice. We have a good feeling to play a successful tournament,” said Neuer.
Spain got great attention from Neuer. However, Hansi Flick added that Spain is not the only opponent to fear. The coach did not hesitate to mention Japan as an opponent to watch out for.
“It’s an interesting group and not easy, not only because of Spain,” said Hansi Flick.
“Japan is a team that always appears in the World Cup, they have players who play in the Bundesliga and in other European leagues and they have quality. We actually wanted to play a friendly against them before the World Cup, but now it is not possible,” concluded Flick.