Germany manager Hansi Flick admits his side are affected by a confidence crisis at this World Cup. Substitute Niclas Fullkrug’s late equaliser salvaged a draw against Spain but Germany remain in a decent qualification corner heading into Thursday’s final group game against Costa Rica.
“I feel that the team needs more self-worth,” said Flick. “I feel that things begin to develop whenever you begin to win but perhaps this may give us a lift to have the self-worth to get more goals. We want the determination of Niclas Fullkrug.”
The super-sub’s thumping finish was his second goal in just three appearances for Germany and drew praise from captain Ilkay Gundogan. “The finish for our goal was unbelievable. We would have liked that,” said Gundogan.
“Now it’s all the way down to the last game. It’s crazy the World Cup. it’s going to be dramatic with ups and downs.”
Alvaro Morata had given Spain the lead as he struck from off the bench for the second game in a row. “I don’t care whether I’m on the bench or not, I just want Spain to go so far as possible at this World Cup,” said Morata.
“I’m a soldier similar to everyone else on this team. We’re very fortunate not only to be an important team but additionally to be united.”
Spain manager Luis Enrique admitted his team were “upset” within the dressing room having seen automatic qualification slip through their fingers but he stays upbeat.
“It’s a pity the result but we’ve got to be pleased because we’re leaders on this group of death. Our goal is to undergo as the primary team on this group,” said Enrique.
Germany must now beat Costa Rica to present themselves any hope of qualifying for the last-16 of the tournament. They have to also pray that Spain do them a favour and avoid defeat against Japan, otherwise they can be sent crashing out.
It is certain to be a nervy and frenetic night in Group E, in what has thrown up a few of the most intriguing matches of the tournament to this point.