Manuel Neuer discusses Germany’s Euro performance: The German National Team has been consistently underachieving in the past few years despite having a world class squad. Ever since their success in World Cup 2014, the year in which they became the invincible champions of the world with utter dominance, their performance has gone down drastically. After failing to even qualify for the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup, Germany got eliminated in the Round-of-16 of Euro 2020 against England to mark the end of head coach Joachim Low’s tenure at the nationalelf.
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However, the German national team now has a new coach in former Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick who gives them hope. In his short span at der FCB, the manager gave them every national and international trophy that they could win. Under his guidance, Germany can once again rise up to become one of the footballing superpowers of the world which they used to be even just a decade ago.
German Captain Manuel Neuer at a recent press conference, proposed that Germany must take inspiration from Italy to rise up from the ruins or what is left of them after a disastrous display in the European Championship.
Italy had lost to Spain in the final of Euro 2012 and they also failed to qualify for World Cup 2018. Despite recent failures, their new head coach Roberto Mancini completely transformed the Azzurris and led them to glory in Euro 2020.
What Manuel Neuer said
“Italy were a unit. You could see how active they were, how they communicated, with what joy they played,” Manuel Neuer said at a press conference, citing the example of the European Champions. “Italy is a good example to follow. We have to do the same thing as them.”
“When I look at our team I know how much potential we have, even if we haven’t reached that level in the last few tournaments. We need to bring everything we need onto the pitch.”
Manuel Neuer believes that Hansi Flick can do with germany what Roberto Mancini did with Italy.
“It’s a new start with new faces,” Neuer said. “We’re in a situation where we have to make up lost ground. We have high targets, especially in respect of the World Cup. We want to qualify first of all, and make a good start with the new coaching staff.
“We want to win three games and we’re all very motivated. We want to use this time to communicate with one another and get to know the new players. I want to become world champions with this team, even if it won’t be an easy process.
“I can imagine that Hansi Flick will want to play the style of football that he had so much success with at Bayern. I think it will be important to be active with and without the ball, and put our opponents under pressure from early on. That said, we’ll see more details in the next few days,” the German captain signed off.