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Germany Coach and Bastian Schweinsteiger Involved in a Heated Exchange After Early World Cup Exit
- Germany's manager Hansi Flick reacted angrily to an assessment of his team’s performance by Bastian Schweinsteiger following their World Cup exit
- The Germans were sent crashing out of the World Cup in the group stages, becoming one of the tournament's biggest casualties so far
- Germany picked up four points from their three games, exiting the World Cup on goal difference despite their win over Costa Rica
Germany manager, Hansi Flick, and former German midfielder, Bastian Schweinsteiger clashed on live TV following the four-time World champions’ exit from the World Cup.
Flick failed to guide the Germans past the group stages of the World Cup for the second consecutive tournament after they finished behind Japan and Spain in Group E.
According to the Daily Mirror, Flick reacted angrily to an assessment by Bastian Schweinsteiger of his team’s performance after amassing just one win in three group stage games.
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Flick hit back at Schweinsteiger’s comments on the German team as he tagged the former midfielder’s criticism as absolute nonsense when he was asked to respond during a press briefing.
Schweinsteiger, who didn't blame Flick for the early exit, had claimed during an interview that the appearance of the German national team is not enough.
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Flick said Germany had no other person to blame but themselves as he insisted Germany had failed to convert the many chances they created in the tournament.
Germany’s fate at this World Cup had been set by their opening game against Japan, where they had 26 shots but still lost to the eventual group winners.
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Earlier, Sports Brief reported Hansi Flick on Wednesday laughed off suggestions he would lose his job if Germany crash out of the World Cup at the group stage for the second tournament in a row.
Germany must beat Costa Rica on Thursday and hope Spain beat Japan to be sure of reaching the last 16.
Speaking in Doha, Flick said he had no plans to step down but said he knew the decision would not always be his to take.