On Wednesday evening, the German national team will complete the World Cup dress rehearsal against Oman (from 6 p.m.). A good week before the first game in Qatar against Japan, national coach Hansi Flick commented on some personal details at a press conference after the first training session.
"We're looking closely at who needs a break," explained Flick. Thomas Müller and Antonio Rüdiger will therefore not train with the team until Saturday. Müller still has slight problems with the adductors, the supposed defense boss Rüdiger with his hip. The national coach wants everyone "on the same level" so that we can rest one or the other player. The test against Oman will not yet provide precise information about the first World Cup starting XI a week later against Japan. Even if the first indications are to be expected.
Meanwhile, Youssoufa Moukoko and Niclas Füllkrug can hope to make their senior debuts against Oman. Both should be in demand at the World Cup after the failures of Timo Werner and Lukas Nmecha, especially as jokers.
This article was originally published on 90min.de as a World Cup dress rehearsal in Oman: Flick lets star duo pause.