Oliver Bierhoff talks German euro, says he doesn’t expect big resignations

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At a press conference earlier today, Oliver Bierhoff expressed his disappointment over Germany’s exit from Euro 2020 to England in the round of 16. It was always going to be a daunting task for Die Mannschaft to break out of Group F with France and Portugal in what has been dubbed the ‘death group’, but Bierhoff felt that Germany was capable of much more (Sports ringtone).

Germany showed good quality in gusts against France and Portugal, but not so much against Hungary, and not enough against England. Despite the collective underperformance as a whole, Bierhoff said he truly believes this team has what it takes to go the distance this summer. “I believed in it and was convinced that we could go all the way with this team in the tournament. In the end, however, this is the result, it is elimination in the round of 16. Of course, we are not happy with that, ”he explained.

It goes without saying that there has always been an underlying air of frustration and disappointment surrounding Joachim Low and the German national team since the 2018 World Cup and their disappointing UEFA Nations League outings. There had been a strong call from German fans and the press for Low to step down, but the DFB insisted on keeping him at the helm this summer before finally making the decision to replace him with Hansi Flick after the Euro. Despite all the noise, Bierhoff made sure that the team’s players were fully focused, prepared and in a good mood ahead of the tournament and could have progressed further; “It hurts a lot right now because you’ve invested a lot. The players were disciplined and focused. We had good preparation and a good home environment ”, he said,

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Bierhoff doesn’t think it will be very long before Germany returns to the conversation as a European power, progressing towards the later stages of international competition; “Our goal is always to be among the best. I cannot be convinced that we are underdogs. As Germany we always aim to play at the forefront. Young players need to gain experience, maybe even more in one of their club manager roles, ”he said.

Toni Kroos has all but confirmed that the 2-0 loss to England is his last competitive game for Germany besides Low. Except real Madrid midfielder, Bierhoff said he did not anticipate any of the older, more veteran players announcing their resignation from Die Mannschaft soon. “I didn’t hear any of the older players that they had considered quitting or wanted to announce something in the press,” he commented. Of course, there is only a little over a year left until the 2022 World Cup kicks off in Qatar. Time will tell if older players like Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller are still involved in this tournament.


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