Thomas Muller (Munich) is relieved to have saved Germany’s floundering campaign against France, but draws the line at hype.
Germany won a 2-1 friendly against France at the Zignale Iduna Park in Dortmund, Germany, on Sept. 13, thanks to back-to-back goals from Muller and Leroy Sane.
Muller told Germany’s Frankfurter Rundschau after the match, “I want to apologize first to (sacked) coach Flick and the coaching staff, I am responsible for the players. It wasn’t easy for them to say goodbye in the middle of the A-match.”
Germany’s 1-4 loss to Japan on Tuesday, their third straight A-Match defeat in 38 years, led to the dismissal of head coach Hanji Flick.
Fortunately, the Germans were able to turn things around quickly under acting coach Rudy Feller. It had been nine years since Germany had beaten France in the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Germany’s veteran Muller opened the scoring in the fourth minute of the first half before teammate Zane added a second in the 42nd minute to seal the victory. Germany conceded a late penalty kick (PK) goal to France through Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) in the 44th minute, but it didn’t change the outcome.
Muller said: “We did everything we could to win today’s game. The tactics we prepared worked well. It’s nice to win against France, but we shouldn’t overestimate it.”온라인카지노
“It’s a win we needed for both the players and the German Football Association,” said Feller, adding, “I think the first 30 minutes were our best performance. In the second half, we defended well and played a good game.”