Euro 2024: Germany Coach Confident Ahead Of Scotland Opener

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Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann said Scotland are a dangerous team who will aim to take advantage of the pressure the hosts are under when they meet in Friday’s Euro 2024 opener, but he sees self belief in his players and hunger for success.

Nagelsmann admitted he was feeling emotional ahead of the tournament’s opening game, describing how he prepares for the encounter in Munich.

Scotland squad.

“Scotland isn’t a team full of world stars, but that makes them dangerous, because they are very agile players who give everything, with classic Scottish mentality,” he told a press conference.

“When I look in my players’ eyes. I see a lot of belief and a lot of confidence, which is what I want. We have the home advantage, we want to win. We can beat pressure and we can beat Scotland as well.”

Germany have won four World Cups and three European Championship titles but their stellar tournament reputation has been somewhat tarnished with a series of failures since their 2014 World Cup victory in Brazil.

They went out of the next two World Cups in the group stage, their worst showing in over 80 years, and exited the last Euros in the round of 16.

Germany in training.

“We will have more pressure on us than Scotland and they will want to capitalise on that,” said Nagelsmann, who took over as Germany manager in October 2023.

Scotland can create chances and retain ball possession and will put the Germany defence under stress in the Group A match. “We have to stay focused to avoid crosses,” he added.

Germany captain Ilkay Gundogan said Nagelsmann gave the players clarity and conveyed a sense of calm which had helped the team.

“The coach gives us confidence, a clear direction, he has discussed roles with us,” Gundogan said. “Everyone knows what is expected of them and can give their all on the pitch and that helps us a great deal after the negative experiences of the last tournaments.”

“No other game is like the first one, because then you can use that momentum and that euphoria for the next few games, and that is why the most important objective tomorrow is to win the game.”

Source Reuters

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