German football is breathing a sigh of relief after Julian Nagelsmann’s successful debut as coach of the German team. The 3-1 win after falling behind to an ambitious American team on Saturday in Hartford had already impressed officials and perhaps many fans of the 2024 European Championship host nation. Observers saw a new, effective structure under Nagelsmann after just four days of practice.
“That was a really good start and leaves you wanting more,” said sporting director Rudi Völler, who as caretaker coach was in charge of the 2-1 win over France in September. He had described Nagelsmann as a “stroke of luck” even before his debut. Now Fuller, back in the stands, said: “There were actually a few good approaches. It was a good week and a good atmosphere.”
The match ended in front of 37,743 spectators with three goals scored by Ilkay Gundogan, Niklas Volkrug and Jamal Musiala after Christian Pulisic fell behind in the first half, which was still open. “We deserved to win. We were very good at football. But what I liked most was that we remained calm after losing 0-1. We did not get nervous and did not collapse.” “It was a slightly different style of football. We did so many good things in such a short time,” said captain Gundogan.
Mexico will be the next opponent in the Germans’ US Test tour in Philadelphia on Wednesday night. “I don’t give them half a day off. Maybe an hour,” said the 36-year-old Nagelsmann with paternal cruelty. “We’re not here to whistle La Paloma either. Now we won the match. “It would be really good if we won the second title as well,” the former Bayern coach said.
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