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Hansi Flick plans to stay with Germany even if DFB-Team suffer group-stage exit

Hansi Flick plans to stay with Germany even if DFB-Team suffer group-stage exit

Germany boss Hansi Flick is planning to remain in his current role even if DFB-Team fail to make it through the group stage of the 2022 World Cup.

The four-time world champions have only picked up one point from their two matches in Group E, losing their opener to Japan before drawing with Spain last time out.

Germany need to beat Costa Rica on Thursday to stand a chance of making it to the round of 16, and they will then be relying on Spain overcoming Japan in the other match in the section.

Should Japan pick up a point against Luis Enrique‘s side, then it would come down to goal difference to determine which team progresses alongside La Roja.

A group-stage exit would lead to question marks surrounding Flick’s future, but the 57-year-old has insisted that he is already thinking about the team’s qualification campaign for Euro 2024.

Germany's Niclas Fullkrug celebrates scoring against Spain at the World Cup on November 27, 2022© Reuters

“I don’t know what else will happen, but from my side, my contract runs to 2024 and I’m looking forward to the Euros,” Flick told reporters.

“But we have a while to go until then. We go into the Costa Rica match trying to make things clear from the start, to exert pressure – these are our intentions.

“Of course we know it’ll be difficult against a team who normally defends. We need to adopt the same mentality as we showed against Spain.

“Normally I’m an optimist who thinks positively. I’m not considering anything like [exiting the tournament] for the time being.

Germany's Kai Havertz, Joshua Kimmich and Jamal Musiala look dejected after Japan score their first goal on November 23, 2022© Reuters

“We know it’s not entirely in our own hands and it goes without saying we didn’t get the result we wanted in the first game.

“But we’re here to reach the knockouts and we’ll play our next match with confidence. Whatever happens, happens. Like after the Japan loss, I’m not feeling any pressure.

“We’re heading in the right direction. Things are getting better in training and we’re continuing to learn. We’re finding solutions with the ball and that’s why I think we’re improving.

“If we look at the table then Costa Rica has an opportunity to go last 16 if they draw, so I assume they’ll try to defend as much as possible as they did against Japan.

“It’s important for us to find a solution. It’s our own fault we’re in this situation and now we have to do what we can. It’s about giving 100% and performing on the day.”

Germany won the World Cup in 2014, but they failed to make it out of the group stage four years ago in Russia, having lost two of their three matches in the finals.

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