“We’ll see how he reacts against a stronger rival”

“We’ll see how he reacts against a stronger rival”
“We’ll see how he reacts against a stronger rival”

It seems that Lamine Yamal He is the footballer who worries Germany the most. Even more so when you listen to Julian Nagelsmann He was the first to talk about the young Spanish striker. This was his most extensive response in the press conference before the match. “He is a great talent, he has been a very consistent player. I don’t think there are players as stable at this age,” the German coach began. “He is well surrounded by great players. He has many qualities and is very good in one-on-one situations. You have to be very careful because he is very versatile. He is better with his left foot, but he is also good with his right foot.” Despite this, he sees a weak point in him: “He doesn’t have much experience at this level, we will see how he reacts when he faces a stronger opponent. That doesn’t mean we are going to attack him more strongly. He is excellent for the neutral spectator, he is a very nice player to watch,” he concluded about the Barça striker.

Beyond Yamal, Nagelsmann He joked with a play on words: “I’m more worried about Jamal’s game,” referring to Jamal MusialaThe German coach praised Spain’s performance. “I’m not just focusing on Lamine, we have a lot of quality and we can create a lot and fight against a team that wants possession.” The coach argued that Spain has alternatives. “The combination of playing inside, with Pedri, and outside, with the two wingers, makes them very dangerous.”

Later, he also spoke about the gossip that there has been during the pre-match. “It’s a Euro quarter-final, of course there is spice,” he stressed. Although Nagelsmann He admitted that he does not need to remind his players of the Spanish players’ statements. “They are players who have already experienced these situations. They do not need anything else. I prefer to talk on the pitch and after the match.”

The German coach, who faces “one of the most significant matches of my career”, was optimistic. He is a coach who thinks positively. “I think we can get through against Spain, but they can also knock us out. I think the Spanish coach will say the same. It will be very close. We will give everything to qualify. I am optimistic, I hope to be in the semi-finals.”

Finally, he mentioned the possibility of playing for passage in a hypothetical penalty shoot-out. “We have a list prepared. Confidence will also count at that moment. I’m not worried.” And he concluded: “What we will try to do is decide the match before the shoot-out.”

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