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“More and more” in professional football – the end is near

“More and more” in professional football – the end is near
Written by insideindyhomes

Short vacation for Müller and Co.

Thomas Müller, an integral part of the senior national team under Hansi Flick, is also critical of the large number of games: “Four games is an enormous amount in this period,” explained the attacker, but seems resigned to fate: “It’s certainly not our dream , but it’s just the way it is. That’s our job that we have to do. It’s no different for other nations,” said the 32-year-old on t-online. Keep going, that’s the motto.

t-online national team reporter Noah Platschko speaks to Thomas Müller about the enormous strain during the season. (Source: Screenshot DFB-PK/ t-online/leer)

Müller will only be able to fly on vacation this Wednesday. A good two weeks later, his Bayern Munich team will start preparing for the season, albeit initially without the attacker and the other national players, who will not resume training with the record champions until mid-July.

One thing is certain: this year, the top players will be under even more pressure than usual. The reason: the Winter World Cup in Qatar, which will shake up a lot, if not everything. The 2022 Bundesliga season starts on August 5th, with the first DFB Cup round taking place a week earlier. Due to the controversial tournament in the desert state, German professional football will go into the winter break after matchday 15, the last matchday of the year is November 13th.

Eleven weeks without a breather

But the games at international level should, according to the official schedule, have to be played by the start of the Qatar World Cup – at least those in the group phases of the Champions League, Europa League and Conference League.

The result: a rhythm in which games are played every three days – an immense burden for the top players. For example, between August 26 (4th Bundesliga matchday) and November 13, a FC Bayern player not only has to play in the Bundesliga every week (plus English week on November 8 and 9), but all six at the same time Complete Champions League group games and two DFB Cup rounds. There are also two international matches in the Nations League against England and Hungary at the end of September. 22 games in two and a half months. A mammoth program.

Uefa increases number of group games

Flick calls for a rethink: “You should question the whole thing and think about how you could give the players a break. These are things that you expect from the experts in the FIFA and Uefa committees,” said the national coach last week in a media session.

Hansi Flick: The national coach knows that his players are under a lot of pressure, but didn't want to use it as an excuse for the winless series.
Hansi Flick: The national coach knows that his players are under a lot of pressure, but didn’t want to use it as an excuse for the winless series. (Source: Matthias Koch/imago-images-pictures)

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