Hansi Flick sat within the stands in Hoffenheim and adopted the Bundesliga duel between VfL Bochum and the native TSG. Again then on the pitch for Bochum: Takuma Asano, VfL striker and Japanese worldwide.
It’s not recognized whether or not Flick additionally got here due to him, with the intention to analyze the group opponents and establish doable strengths seven months earlier than the World Cup in Qatar.
Nevertheless, he could not have actually preferred what he noticed from Asano towards this doable background: The Japanese secured a brace for his group’s away win.
The nationwide coach was even much less more likely to like what occurred after the sport: the 28-year-old was requested by the ZDF reporter if he knew a sure Hansi Flick.
He replied with amusing: “Hansi Frick? What’s that?” It’s nonetheless unclear whether or not this assertion was truly meant as a joke on the time or whether or not Asano Flick actually didn’t understand it on the time.
In any case, the Japanese will be credited with the truth that Flick was now not the coach of FC Bayern Munich final season and that Asano had at the very least not but been capable of meet him on the pitch. Asano solely switched to Bochum in the summertime of 2021.
The emergence of the successful purpose was already indicated seven months in the past
However at the very least Flick already knew the Japanese in April of this 12 months and will have been warned after his two objectives on the newest. However not solely due to the 2 hits themselves, however above all due to the origin.
In precept, Asano’s objectives from April towards Hoffenheim and the purpose towards Germany shortly earlier than the tip are very comparable. Within the Bundesliga, the Japanese was at all times despatched by his goalkeeper Manuel Riemann with a protracted ball, performed his tempo, was probably not attacked and scored.
The image was the identical in Germany’s 2-1 defeat by Japan on Wednesday, besides that the lengthy ball was not fired ahead by the Japanese goalkeeper however by Ko Itakura from a free-kick extensive of his personal half. Asano took the ball down technically with a contact, hung Nico Schlotterbeck, who was solely offering escort anyway, and positioned the ball excessive within the close to nook.
Japan’s nationwide coach Hajime Moriyasu later spoke of a tactical trick that in the end introduced his group victory. At half-time, the 54-year-old determined to substitute a central defender for a striker regardless of being 1-0 down within the first half.
“We knew we needed to focus extra on defence. That’s why I modified the system. The gamers instantly knew what I meant by that and the way they need to behave,” mentioned Moriyasu.
Fortunate for him that he lastly confirmed a golden contact with the offensive modifications from Ritsu Doan, who additionally performs within the Bundesliga (SC Freiburg) and scored the equalizer towards Germany, and Asano and was capable of have fun Japan’s victory.
Asano additionally celebrated after the successful purpose, however he didn’t spare a search for Flick when cheering. He sat dumbfounded on the bench and should have questioned if Asano is aware of him by now. However perhaps he simply thought that he ought to have ready his defensive position round Niklas Süle and Schlotterbeck higher for Bochum.
In any case, the customers on social media have been ready for Asano’s purpose and offered the suitable video materials in the course of the sport. This went viral although it’s seven months previous. VfL Bochum additionally congratulated their participant on the purpose and Japan’s victory. A purpose that put Germany in a particularly tough place after the primary group sport.