The German U21 national team is again in the final of the European Championship, fully deserved after the performance in the 2-1 in the semi-final against the Netherlands. While coach Stefan Kuntz’s match plan worked perfectly, the youngest member of the squad impressively paid back the trust placed in him. The knowledge of the DFB victory.
First he jumped into the arms of assistant coach Antonio di Salvo euphorically after the final whistle, so that he suffered “bruises in the chest area”, as Stefan Kuntz noted with a smile. Then he stared at the lawn in thought for several minutes before he and his team celebrated the victory against the Netherlands. For the coach of the DFB youngsters, the third finals in a row is a very special one.
“You think a lot about the game, all the pressure goes away a bit,” said Kuntz, describing the scenes before raving about his boys: “We played a really great game, especially in the first half. I am delighted from the bottom of my heart that we made it today. “
Even without the really big names, the German offspring made a refreshing appearance and won well-deserved – only an expandable exploitation of opportunities ensured that after the subsequent goal by Oranje defender Schuurs in the final phase, collective tremors were announced again.
In addition to (partly forced) personnel changes, tactical adjustments also ensured the success, which was already initiated in the first eight minutes. In addition to Florian Wirtz, Mergim Berisha’s positioning was also adjusted compared to the Denmark game, with Niklas Dorsch’s return after a yellow card suspension, the balance improved in the middle of three.
1. Kuntz match plan works – positive sign in gloomy DFB times
The U21 advertised the DFB – a fact that Kuntz wanted to point out: “I have to be honest: We are employees of the DFB. Rightly or wrongly, there was a lot on the ears, but we – the boys and the staff – are also the DFB and that was great today. “
The players, who emerged from the amateur clubs and received further training in the youth performance centers, are, in addition to Fritz Keller, Friedrich Curtius and Rainer Koch, also faces of the German football association. And have at least lightened its external image a little after dark months.