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“I didn't expect 90 minutes.”

“I didn't expect 90 minutes.”

This wasn't necessarily expected. Ralf Rangnick completely changed the centre-back for the key Euro match against Poland compared to the opening match loss to France.

Max Wober and Kevin Danso were replaced by Philipp Leinhart and Gernot Trauner.

“I was happy because the coach gave me confidence,” says Lenhart, who was eventually on the pitch for the full distance. “Of course you always hope, but I never expected to play 90 minutes,” he admits. “.

Rangnick: “Great performance”

The center back, who missed almost the entire spring with an injury, played a solid game and was always alert.

Especially in the first half, he repeatedly intervened in very important situations and was partly responsible for the fact that the Poles were not dangerous, apart from the unfortunate situation before the 1-1 draw.

“If you consider that Lenhart played 90 minutes for the first time since December, it was a fantastic performance,” praised team boss Rangnick.

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Both Lenhart and Trauner absolutely “justified” their tasks. “I'm happy that I chose these two. The decision was not that easy beforehand because Kevin Danso played a good match against France,” admits the German.

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Lenhart: “Glad I survived 90 minutes”

Lenhart himself is more conservative than his coach when analyzing his performance.

“I noticed the effort in defense and I still lacked rhythm. But I think I got through it well physically. I'm really happy that I was able to survive 90 minutes.”

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The Freiburg professional talks about a “very important step” made by ÖFB regarding the round of 16 targets.

“We played really well in the first 20 minutes, then we made one or two mistakes too often and brought the Poles back into the game. It was important that we corrected what ailed us in the first half in the first half, and fortunately we were able to do that.” “To get him back on the field for 20 minutes.”

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