The former world champions take on the resurgent Dutch in a UEFA Nations League clash later today.
The Netherlands national football team is in tremendous form in their UEFA Nations League group, consisting Germany and France. But the presence of heavyweights did not affect the spirit of the flying dutchmen. Their gaffer Ronald Koeman has suggested that his team is not the favourite for their Nations league clash against the relegated Germany.
The German national team have been in a miserable form in 2018, first having knocked out of their defending campaign in the FIFA World Cup 2018, failing to win any of their Nations League fixtures and the added pressure of ever-present controversies around the camp.
After incurring a couple of losses to France and Netherlands, it became clear for the Die Mannschaft that they will find their fixtures in the next UEFA Nations league season in League B.
Ronald Koeman just has to ensure that his team does not lose against Germany, to make their way to the Nations league Finals. Though the gaffer himself does not believe that his side are guaranteed to secure progression.
“I don’t think it’s reasonable to see us as the favourites,” Koeman told a media conference.
“France against Germany, Germany was the better team. When Germany played us, many said they were the better team. Playing against Germany is much tougher than against France for us, because France are more patient than Germany.”
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“I don’t think Germany have to panic. They still play good games, although the World Cup was not so good, in the Nations League they could have won some games. They still have a lot of talent but transition takes time. I understand it’s hard for [the] Germans because they are, even more than us, used to winning a lot,” he said.
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