Jamal Musiala believes in the German national team’s chance of winning the title at the World Cup in Qatar. He sees the Bayern block in good shape. You want to take the “flow” with you.
National soccer player Jamal Musiala sees Germany as a promising title candidate at the World Cup in Qatar.
“I think we have a really good team that we can go really far with. The quality is there to be a good contender for the title. We’re going into the tournament with the mindset of being able to win the trophy,” said the 19-year-old in the “Kicker”.
Eight years after the World Cup triumph in Brazil and four years after the historic preliminary round loss in Russia, Germany is playing in a group with Japan, Spain and Costa Rica in the preliminary round of the tournament in the Persian Gulf. “Not an easy group. The games will be a good indicator of how good we are. These opponents will be good for us to find our way into the tournament, we have to be 100 percent in every game straight away. We have to have the momentum to progress then go into the next rounds,” said Musiala.
The 17-time national player sees many favorites to win the tournament. “Brazil are in top form, Argentina, you always have to count on France,” said the attacking player. “You have to believe that you can win. I do that.”
On November 10, national coach Hansi Flick will nominate his World Cup squad, and on November 14 the team will fly to the training camp in Oman. A friendly against the local national team will take place in Muscat on November 16th. On November 17, the team will move into their quarters in Qatar.
Bayer block important
Musiala sees the Bayern block on the way to the tournament in good shape. “Now we’re in rhythm and flow and we have to take that with us through the World Cup,” said Musiala.
A few weeks after receiving the Kopa trophy for the best U21 player at the Ballon d’Or ceremony, Musiala also spoke about winner Gavi from FC Barcelona. “That doesn’t change anything in my everyday life. I have respect for Gavi, he’s a good player. Third place is also an award and motivation for me to keep working and getting better,” said Musiala.
In the long term, he would like to win an individual award at the highest level. “Every player wants to win individual awards. I’ve dreamed of the Ballon d’Or since I was a kid, but I don’t have a big eye on it, I just want to keep developing and getting better so that we can win trophies as a team,” said Musiala. “When individual awards are added, so much the better. Of course, as a child you dream of winning the Ballon d’Or.”