The training chaos at Borussia Mönchengladbach has also reached the German national football team in Herzogenaurach since Thursday (2 June 2022). The DFB team will put the finishing touches to a training camp there before the UEFA Nations League begins against European champions Italy in Bologna on Saturday (4 June, 20:45).
Gladbach professional Jonas Hoffmann (29) hopes to be called up as the German key player in the classic match against “Squadra Azzurra” by national coach Hansi Flick (57).
The German Football Association before the start of the Nations League: the focus of national player Jonas Hoffmann
In the press conference before cracking the Nations League, Hoffmann was forced to answer questions about the training and contract chaos at his club, Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Top candidate Lucien Favre (64) canceled VfL without further ado, so far, according to GladbachLIVE information, the club has not yet been able to persuade a replacement of similar caliber to Favre to work together.
Means: Gladbach split from the club’s most expensive coach, Adi Hutter (52), on May 14 after just one season and so far has no known successor on hand.
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The position of head coach at Gladbach has never been vacant as long as it is currently.
What does German FA player Jonas Hoffmann say about the training chaos at his club in Mönchengladbach? “I’ve been on the phone with Roland Virkus (Borussia sporting director, editor’s note) for the past few days. I’ve also learned a lot from the media and follow them because I’m currently totally focused on the national team. I just got a little update from Roland Virkus. I’ve noticed that they are on Ready to find a quick solution.”
The attacking player, who is set to play at right-back in the national team, continued the assertion at a press conference on Thursday: “What will make things easier for the club, for the players, for the environment, that you simply have clarity. I can’t help but clarify these problem quickly and for everyone to be able to start planning.”
Meanwhile, the fact that the head coach’s chair on the left bank of the Lower Rhine has been vacant for weeks does not prove conducive to holding talks with top players like Jonas Hoffmann.
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His contract in Gladbach expires on June 30, 2023. The national player threatens to lose Borussia, like Matthias Ginter recently, and then for free.
The same goes for other stars like Yann Sommer, Marcus Thuram, Breel Embolo, Alassane Plea and Ramy Bensebaini. Their worksheets are also only one year old.
And what Hoffmann has to say about his future at Gladbach when asked specifically in the DFB Quarter should make Pony fans unsure of anything. “The timing isn’t quite right now. (…) Conversations may continue when I get back. It’s important to me to have serious discussions. Doing something like that over the phone is not my style. It will probably be a few more weeks before we sit down again. Others and see how it goes.”
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GladbachLIVE Continued with Hoffmann: Does the fact that Borussia will not compete in an international competition for the second consecutive season play an important role for him as an international player in the German Football Association in the contract talks with Gladbach?
Hoffman: “That plays its part too. But I don’t think one point is the defining point. It’s not like I’m saying it should be. Competition is important in club and in the national team. I can’t help but stress that this pushes the players to perform at their best. (…) I’m curious about how things will go and which coach will come. Then we’ll have talks and see which way to go.”
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The pressure on Gladbach coach Roland Verkus (55) quickly increased after Favre’s failure.
It will take weeks, if not months, before he can file a contract extension in Hoffman’s case alone.
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Hoffmann’s focus now is only on the German Federation team and the Nations League duel against Italy. The European champions lost 3-0 to Argentina in an international match (1 June). Italy had previously lost its ticket to the Desert World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year in the qualifiers.
“After the European Championships, I probably felt the biggest disappointment in recent years,” says Hoffmann. “Normally there are few goals in games against Italy. They score few goals, but also conceded very few. Except now against Argentina.” You have to take chances against ice-cold Italy. They have outstanding players in their ranks, there is no doubt about that.”
Under Hansi Flick, Hoffmann is primarily responsible for blocking goals as a right-back. “I’m getting into it more and more,” said the man from Gladbach.
“I think I did well in the previous games. Certainly, there are also those who say that the great opponents did not exist yet. The big tasks now are imminent. And in these games you can prove yourself and show yourself. (…) I hope to take my chance.”
Possibly on Saturday, as Germany played 11 classic matches against European champions Italy in the Nations League.