Manuel Neuer’s goal: “I want to be world champion”

Manuel Neuer announced the greatest possible title goal right at the start of national coach Hansi Flick. “We want to achieve big goals for the next year. That’s why I’m still there. I have big goals and want to become world champion with the team, ”said the captain of the national soccer team in Stuttgart on Monday.

“I know it won’t be an easy path. You have to give everything every day to be able to achieve such goals, ”said the 35-year-old before continuing in the World Cup qualification for the tournament in Qatar 2022 against Liechtenstein, Armenia and Iceland.

After the EM disappointment, the DFB selection “made up for something” with the knockout in the round of 16, Neuer admitted. In the elimination round, the DFB-Elf is currently only in third group position. For the direct World Cup ticket you have to be the group winner.

For the first time in his more than twelve-year DFB career not coming to the national team as national coach under Joachim Löw, was “a strange situation”, Neuer admitted. Nevertheless, he knows Flick and his ideas very well from the successful time together at FC Bayern. For himself, the national jersey is initially only about the 2022 World Cup, he is not currently thinking about the 2024 European Championship at home, said the 104-time national player.

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