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Hansi Flick warns Germany players of Covid-19 ‘threat’ ahead of World Cup

Hansi Flick, Bayern Munich
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The Mannschaft must play without two key players in their last friendlies ahead of the Qatar tournament.

Germany manager Hansi Flick has urged his team to stay cautious of the Covid-19 risk ahead of the World Cup.

Manuel Neuer and Leon Goretzka left Germany’s training camp earlier this week as they both tested positive for the virus.

Flick hopes to have a full squad at his disposal throughout the upcoming tournament. However, he admits keeping the situation under full control is not easy.

“This can also affect us in Qatar,” said Flick. “We have to react to it and deal with the situation as best we can.

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“It’s not quite as easy as [saying] you should behave. We in the coaching team are also on the road a lot. Such cases are always annoying, but it’s also become a normal situation.

“With a normal flu you also miss out. Covid is of course a bit more aggressive. Of course you have to reduce your contacts a little before the World Cup and consider, should I go there or not.

“You’re on the road a lot. Life should also go on. We have to see that we keep it under control. But a certain normality with common sense, I think, is the right way.”

Germany will face Hungary and England in their last Nations League matches ahead of the World Cup.