Stefan Kuntz wants to give Youssoufa Moukoko, who is only 16 years old, a “feeling of well-being” at the U21 European Championship. “There is a big difference between youth and adult football. That is why we want to give it a feeling of well-being so that it can show what it can do freely and intuitively when it comes on or when it plays,” said the DFB coach one day before the European Championship kick-off on Wednesday against host Hungary (9 p.m. in the LIVETICKER).
Borussia Dortmund’s striker Moukoko is part of the German U21 squad for the first time and could become the youngest player in the history of the DFB team on Wednesday. At the tournament in Hungary and Slovenia he is by far the youngest player of all 16 teams.
When it comes to integration, Kuntz primarily relies on the leading players in his team. “It is clear that players who are there for the first time tend to be cautious. That was also the subject of my discussions with the leading players so that they can approach the young players and try to integrate them,” said Kuntz and added : “When I look at Youssoufa while eating, I think we don’t have to worry.”