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Nagelsmann: Euro 2024 is not about life or death for Germany

Germany head coach Julian Nagelsmann said winning the Euro 2024 on home soil is not a ‘life or death’ matter.

Germany will host the Euro 2024 tournament, which is scheduled to take place from 14 June to 14 July 2024. Tournament hosts will face Scotland, Hungary, and Switzerland in Eeuro 2024 Group A.

Julian Nagelsmann’s side will play France in a friendly on Saturday, before hosting the Netherlands three days later.

In the last two games we had maybe too many attack-minded players on the pitch,” Nagelsmann told a news conference on Friday. “This week we worked well in training and I am confident we will deliver a good performance tomorrow.”

On the issue of pressure, I have to repeat that these are things brought in from the outside. This pseudo-pressure is not about life or death.

Germany was eliminated in the first round at the last two World Cups, and also lost in the round of 16 at the Euro 2020. Since replacing Hansi Flick in September, Nagelsmann’s side has won once, lost twice, and earned a draw.

“The pressure we have is the pressure to be successful but all the rest is just issues brought in from outside. Sporting success is one part of life but I will not go crazy over something that has been fun for me since the age of three,” Nagelsmann said.

We would be wise to enjoy the game. We have two important games, then a key two-month phase for the coaches and then it’s off to the Euros.”

Germany also is set to play against Ukraine and Greece in friendly matches in June before the start of the Euros.

I don’t like the pressure and the ‘what if we lose’. Life is grand and football is a part of it and always fun. It’s football, not politics, or a major decision affecting 30,000 workers,” Nagelsmann said.

It’s football and it should awaken emotions. We will try to win and if not we will try again on Tuesday.”

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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