Women's World Cup - The analysis of the national coach - Sport
- National coach Martina-Voss Tecklenburg presents in Frankfurt her analysis on the performance of German women footballers at the World Cup in France.
- She talks about the strengths of the team - but also practices self-criticism.
Martina Voss-Tecklenburg strolls relaxed in the conference room 1 in the Frankfurt headquarters of the German Football Association (DFB). Only her look reveals a certain tension. The national coach of the women's national team has a silver-colored laptop with her and a piece of paper on which she has written down in handwritten notes, something she definitely does not want to forget on this day. Behind her runs Joti Chatzialexiou, the sports director of the national teams, two chairs are still carried in, then the door closes.
The conference room 1 is a cozy, not too big room. There are two swivel chairs in front of a wall-mounted flat screen TV for those who speak predominantly. And a white lacquered seat for those who prefer to listen. It's not the big picture with TV cameras and live broadcast that Voss-Tecklenburg has chosen to talk about the World Cup this Tuesday, seven weeks after leaving France. And to analyze the retirement in the quarter-finals, where the question was asked not so much because of the timing, but mainly because of the way: how could this happen?
Goal: Merle Frohms (SC Freiburg), Laura Benkarth (Bayern Munich), Lisa Schmitz (HSC Montpellier).
Defense: Carolin Simon, Kathrin Hendrich, Giulia Gwinn, Verena Schweers (all Bayern Munich), Leonie Maier (Arsenal), Lena Oberdorf (SGS Essen), Johanna Elsig (Turbine Potsdam), Sara Doorsoun (VfL Wolfsburg).
Midfield / attack: Felicitas Rauch, Svenja Huth, Alexandra Popp (all VfL Wolfsburg), Lea Schüller, Turid Knaak (both SGS Essen), Lena Lattwein (TSG Hoffenheim), Dzsenifer Marozsan (Olympique Lyon), Sara Däbritz (Paris Saint-Germain ), Linda Dallmann, Melanie Leupolz, Lina Magull (all Bayern Munich), Klara Bühl (SC Freiburg).
Voss-Tecklenburg, 51, puts on her glasses, flips the screen of her laptop upwards. An hour will take her public analysis, starting with the points that she and her coaching staff liked, with whom she sat in August after the holiday for two days. She talks without length, without losing time. "What was good from a sporting point of view: the absolute willingness to perform, the great commitment, the individual quality of some players." Among other things, she calls on the plus side, a "clear game idea" and the functioning changes and standards. Despite individual tactical mistakes, she praises the defensive behavior as a whole, "and we have seen a development in the team."
A development that was not enough, however, to impress in addition to the sometimes impressive fighter performance also footballing at the highest level. This was especially clear in the quarter-final against Sweden, which had started well for the DFB-Elf with a spectacular side kicker by Lina Magull. However, that then toppled after Sweden equalized in the 22nd minute and had scored the 2-1 shortly after the break, which was then the final score. This was not only the semi-finals, but also missed the title defense at the Olympic Games in 2020, "brutally shit," as Magull said at the time.
In between, in an attitude of justification
Also Voss-Tecklenburg is on Tuesday to note the frustration, which alternates in between in an attitude of justification. "We said from the outset that it is a process, and this World Cup is part of that process," says Voss-Tecklenburg. Whether she now has an explanation for the performance in the quarterfinals? "It makes a difference whether you're behind in a test or knockout game, everyone was aware that it's really about what."
In the face of a period of change and a difficult past, may she have asked too much of the team, with the constant changes in the line-up and the flexibility that is constantly required? "You can only understand the decisions, if you have our insight into the performance of the players, but maybe it was in the sum of a tick too much."
The self-criticism comes in this point, especially because the coach admits, not a stable axis to players like goalkeeper Almuth Schult, captain Alexandra Popp, Sara Däbritz and Svenja Huth have built. But she sees flexibility as the strength of her team, and she wants to stick to that. However: "We need greater resilience, must strengthen hierarchies and ask attitude questions."
It also needs more courage, will, individuality and leadership from the national team - what they want to promote - and better youth work. Also of a stronger interlocking with the men's football is the speech.
For all the satisfaction in terms of communication, there seems to be room for improvement in the DFB team in this area as well. "The principle of the open door may have worked only partially," says the coach. "Many have come, some may not be ready yet, so we need to be more active with the players." Next Tuesday Martina Voss-Tecklenburg wants to work together with the team. She expects the players to call themselves points of criticism - to come to a joint conclusion before the qualifier for the EURO 2021 kicks off on 31 August (12:30 pm / ARD) in Kassel against Montenegro.