National goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is going into the upcoming European Championship with great expectations, but sees the DFB team only as an outsider for the title. He sees the axis of Bayern players in the German team as an advantage.
“Especially in the successful times of the national team there were always many players from FC Bayern. We have that now too. It is important that you know the processes and how the automatisms are on the field,” said Neuer in an interview the Bayern homepage. In addition to him, there are seven other players in the DFB’s squad.
At the opening game against France in the Allianz Arena there will be “a little home game for all of us”. The DFB is based in the nearby headquarters of supplier adidas in Herzogenaurach. The fact that all three group games take place in Munich is “a small psychological advantage for Neuer. We can prepare optimally, we know the circumstances”.
Although after the last Bundesliga matchday it is almost without a break to prepare for the European Championship, the anticipation is great at Neuer “. They wait a bit for the European Championship to take place. We hope that we will be fit for the tournament can go and all players are on board. “
After the recent mixed performances, including a 0: 6 in Spain and a 1: 2 disgrace against North Macedonia, the team is “certainly not the top favorite”.
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The ex-Schalke believes in Julian Nagelsmann, who will inherit Hansi Flick at Bayern-Bank in the coming season. “We are all aware that he has football expertise. I look forward to working together, new challenges and new tasks.” The fact that the coach Nagelsmann is younger than the player Neuer is not a problem, even if “you probably wouldn’t have expected it a few years ago”.
Neuer sees the upheaval on the defensive – Jerome Boateng, David Alaba and Javi Martinez leaving the club – as an “opportunity for a new era”. Although he reckons with a “demanding task”, FCB “always has the skills to set up a top defensive. The competition that will arise for the places is very interesting.”