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Hansi Flick rates Germany’s chances to reach World Cup knock-out stage

Hansi Flick at Germany
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Die Mannschaft are in danger of an early exit from the tournament ahead of their last group-stage match.

Hansi Flick insists he is “optimistic” over his side’s chances of reaching the World Cup’s last-16 round.

Germany drew 1-1 against Spain to keep their qualification hopes alive on Sunday. Germany could qualify for the next round with a win or a draw if Spain manage to beat Japan elsewhere in Group E.

Die Mannschaft could face elimination if Japan pulls off another miracle and defeat La Roja. However, Flick says he’s not thinking about unpleasant outcomes.

“Normally I’m an optimist who thinks positively,” the former Bayern Munich boss said. “I’m not considering anything like [exiting the tournament] for the time being.

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“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 knock-outs 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.”

Costa Rica come into the game on the back of their crucial win over Japan in the second round of the group stage. Let’s see if Flick’s side can beat them on their way to the knock-out stage on Thursday.