Antonio Rudiger says Germany will have to play ‘a little dirty’ to cope with Kylian Mbappe and France’s fowards… as the Chelsea defender insists they can’t try to play ‘nice football’ in their Euro 2020 opener
Antonio Rudiger has warned Germany will not try to play ‘nice football’ in their Euro 2020 opener with France and insists they will have to be ‘a little dirty’ against their forwards.
Germany face a tough group with Portugal and Hungary their other two opponents alongside the World Cup winners, who are considered by many to be the favourites.
France boast a number of attacking talents including Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema, Antoine Greizmann and Rudiger’s Chelsea team-mate Olivier Giroud.
Antonio Rudiger has warned Germany will have to play ‘a little dirty’ against France’s forwards
France boast a number of attacking talents including Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema
The Germany defender knows his side are in for a battle on Tuesday and insisted they will have to be physical in their approach.
‘Of course, they have good forwards, we have to be ready to win the one-on-one challenges,’ Rudiger said ahead of the game.
‘We have to be a little dirty, not always be nice or try to play nice football.
‘Against players like them, you have to throw down a marker.’
The Chelsea defender insisted his side will not be able to try and play nice football on Tuesday
Mbappe was asked about Rudiger’s comments in his following press conference and insisted his team will focus on playing their own style of football
‘Each man fights with the weapons at their disposal.
‘Our weapons are to play together, to play our game. If those are their weapons, then they will play with theirs, we will play with ours.
‘And we remain focused on our preparation, analysing well what their strengths and weaknesses are, and to try to begin this tournament well.’
Mbappe insisted France will continue to play their own style of football in response to Rudiger’s comments
There remains a growing fued between Mbappe and Giroud which has threatened to disrupt France’s preparations for the opening game.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker was said he was ‘affected’ by Giroud’s comments in the aftermath of their 3-0 victory in a friendly against Bulgaria last week.
Mbappe was reported to be furious after the Chelsea striker came out after the game and claimed that France’s front players could have linked up better, while he visibly looked annoyed with Mbappe on the pitch.