Jurgen Klopp claims ‘To write off Germany now, it would be crazy’ as Liverpool manager backs Joachim Low’s side to make a major impact at Euro 2020 despite struggles against Hungary
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes ‘it would be crazy’ to write Germany off at Euro 2020 despite their struggles against Hungary.
Germany were beaten 1-0 by France in their opening group game and then won 4-2 against Hungary before having to fight to secure a 2-2 draw against Hungary.
Those results were sufficient for Joachim Low’s side to make it through to the knockout stages, but there has still been criticism of Germany in some quarters.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned that it would be crazy to write off Germany
Klopp, however, believes Germany are ready to push on and backed his nation to ‘make a real go of it’ when they face England in the last-16 on Tuesday.
Klopp told BILD: ‘To write off Germany now, it would be crazy.
‘We played well against France, Portugal we dominated like hardly any other opponent in recent years.
‘We struggled against Hungary, yes. But nothing more happened. Sometimes as a team you need such a game.
‘And now we’re going to make a real go of it on Tuesday.’
Germany had some difficult moments against Hungary but drew 2-2 and managed to progress
Joachim Low, who is leaving at the end of the tournament, is determined to go out on a high
Germany were desperate to avoid a repeat of what occurred in the 2018 World Cup, when they were knocked out in the group stages.
Having navigated their way out of a difficult group at Euro 2020, they now take on an England side who, despite not having conceded a goal, have yet to produce a hugely impressive performance.
There is plenty of experience in the Germany team, including the likes of Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan and Toni Kroos, while Thomas Muller is also capable of making an impact if called upon.
Low, who is leaving his position after the tournament, will be determined to sign off on a high but knows that on Tuesday Germany will have to be much more effective than they were against Hungary.