Germany lacked ‘intensity’ and ‘precision’ in the fight against Italy, Flick says

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Germany coach Hansi Flick says his team lacked “intensity” and “precision” in their 1-1 Nations League match with Italy on Saturday.

Die Mannschaft saw the bright side in the first half, but the best chance went to Azzurri, where Gianluca Scamacca hit the post from distance.

Roberto Mancini’s team was greatly improved after the break, and Lorenzo Pellegrini put them ahead in the 70th minute.

Germany, however, caught up with a point three minutes later thanks to Joshua Kimmich’s neat finish after a scramble in the penalty area.

The result means that Flick has not lost any of his first 10 matches in charge of the national team and he has become the third German coach to achieve that feat after Sepp Herberger and Josef Derwall.

Despite that, Flick was not impressed with his side’s screen and has encouraged his players to improve quickly.

“We started the match well and lost our way after 15, 20 minutes,” he told a media conference.

“Italy played very well and we made too many mistakes in the build-up. We lacked intensity and defensive solidity.

“These are the areas we need to improve so we can do better on Tuesday. We did not use what we had practiced in training and this is not the first time this has happened.

“Italy was far more cohesive and well-drilled than we had expected, so it is positive that we managed to get the equalizer right away.

“It confirms that the Nations League always allows you to face very strong opponents. Our performance was generally quite negative today, we can and must do more. We lacked intensity and our usual precision.”

Italy shocked many by not qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar later this year, but Flick has seen enough to suggest that the Azzurri will not be away from the top table in world football for a long time.

“Italy is a nation that lives and breathes football,” he added. “They are solid defensively. I admire Mancini and the way his Italy played at the 2020 European Championships. We all slowly became Italy fans when we saw the way they played in that tournament.

“The Azzurri have everything they need to restart and reconstruct another important era.”

Germany are next in action on Tuesday when they welcome England to the Allianz Arena in Munich.

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