Hansi Flick has to do without captain Manuel Neuer and veteran Thomas Müller at his international premiere as national coach.

Regular goalkeeper Neuer is not available for the national soccer team's World Cup qualifying match against Liechtenstein in St. Gallen on Thursday (8.45 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for World Cup qualifications and on RTL).

His Munich club colleague Müller is leaving the DFB quarter in Stuttgart due to muscular problems on his left thigh and is therefore also out of the following games against Armenia and Iceland.

"We have enough players on board and can also replace him," said Flick on Wednesday about Müller.

You don't want to take any chances.

For Neuer, Bernd Leno from Arsenal FC will be in goal against Liechtenstein.

The 35-year-old should be ready for action again on Sunday against Armenia in Stuttgart and three days later against Iceland.

Flick drew a positive conclusion from the first days of training in Stuttgart.

“The team is tearing itself apart here for Germany.

That is the be-all and end-all. That’s why we’re very convinced of the team, ”said Flick.

DFB director Oliver Bierhoff sees the German national team facing a completely new era after the national coach change from Joachim Löw to Flick.

"It's a new beginning, we're starting from scratch," said Bierhoff on Wednesday during the final training session for the DFB team for the first international match with Flick as head coach.

The last exercise unit was completed in Stuttgart before the bus trip to Switzerland to the St. Gallen venue.

Bierhoff made the group win the clear target for the remaining seven elimination games for the World Cup finals 2022 until November.

“The direct qualification is a clear goal, even if we are only third in the group.

We want to clarify the position again, ”said the 53-year-old DFB director with a view to first place.

Only the first in the group can buy the ticket to Qatar directly.

After three match days, the DFB team is six points behind leaders Armenia (9 points) and the tied selection from North Macedonia (6), against whom they lost 2-1 at home under Löw at the end of March. Flick has declared nine points as his goal for the first qualifying games under his direction against Liechtenstein as well as on Sunday in Stuttgart against Armenia and three days later in Reykjavik against Iceland.

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