Frankfurt / Main (dpa) – Joti Chatzialexiou, as sporting director of the national teams at the DFB, has confirmed the problems of promoting talent in German football.

“The transition area is a very special, very important area, in which we are currently losing a lot of talent,” Chatzialexiou told the Funke media group newspapers. “When it comes to the pros, a coach only pays attention to quality and not nationality. To get more German players into the first team, we have to work on their skills.”

One reason for the lack of young talent is that “since 2014 it is no longer mandatory for professional clubs to have an U23 team,” said the 44-year-old. Another problem is the larger selection for the games with 20 professionals instead of just 18. “Our talents are present with the pros, but they hardly get any match training because the matches of the second teams often take place in parallel,” said Chatzialexiou.

Chatzialexiou had made a similar statement after the U21 team’s 4-1 defeat in September during the European Championship qualification in Belgium. The team of trainer Stefan Kuntz threatens to miss the final of the European Championship for the first time since 2011. This Friday (6.15 p.m. / ProSieben Maxx) the U21s will play the next qualifying match in Moldova.

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