Since a week, national coach Hansi Flick was looking for potential teams that Germany could face in the pre-World Cup friendlies. After yesterday’s Nations League draw, UEFA has certainly made it easier for Flick to test his team against a high-quality opponent.
In what could be considered a “group of death”, Germany will face England, Italy and Hungary in the 2022/23 Nations League season. the team They qualified for the next World Cup having been placed in a relatively easier group but for now, they will compete with the finalists of the last European Championship. It will be the toughest test for Flick as national team manager, as the 56-year-old is motivated to face European weightlifters, next year.
“It is a fantastic, perfect and fun draw,” the former Bayern Munich coach said in a video statement from the German Football Association (via Sport Bild). “We measure ourselves against the best. It’s all about the competition. The fans are excited. These are classics, we want to perform well.”
Apart from a friendly match, Germany previously met Italy at Euro 2016, when they ousted Antonio Conte’s team to reach the semi-finals of the tournament. This year’s edition saw England beat the Germans in the round of 16 as they reached the final, before losing to Italy led by Roberto Mancini. It can be said that the recent history between the three countries could pave the way for dramatic clashes.
However, Flick sees plenty of room for improvement ahead of his team’s visit to Italy on June 4.
“We are far from satisfied so far, and we’re seeing that on the pitch as well,” warned Flick (Abendzeitung). “If you look at the Nations League group in the summer, I think England, Italy and Hungary are teams at the top level. We have to take the next step.”