KLINSMANN REFLECTS ON 18 YEARS AGO “IT WILL BE DIFFICULT AGAINST CHINA, BUT I DON’T DOUBT THE PLAYERS”

Germany national soccer team head coach Jürgen Klinsmann drew on memories from 18 years ago when he was in charge of the German national team to bolster his resolve a day before the match against China. “We are looking forward to tomorrow’s game because we have prepared very well,” Klinsmann told a press conference at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center in Shenzhen, China, on Tuesday afternoon, “but I don’t think there are any easy games in the second round of World Cup qualifying.” “I think it will be a very difficult game against China. We’re going to respect the team and the players that they have. “Klinsmann’s side will take on China in the second Group C match of the 2026 North and Central American World Cup second qualifying round at the stadium on June 21 at 9 p.m. Klinsmann previously traveled to China with the German national team in October 2005 ahead of the 2006 World Cup in Germany .At the time, the Germans defied their reputation as a European soccer juggernaut and earned a 1-0 victory over a team that was not even a contender in Asia.

When asked about the game by local reporters, Klinsmann said, “I think (the 1-0 win) shows how difficult tomorrow’s game will be. It’s going to be a tough game and we will prepare with respect for our opponent,” Klinsmann reiterated .”I spoke to the AFC officials briefly and they told me that the stadium was sold out in about an hour. It shows how much people in the region are looking forward to tomorrow’s game. “In fact, according to sports event and performance ticketing site Taobao Xingqiu, all 40,000 seats at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center are sold out. Klinsmann also revealed some of the reasons why he was drawn to the job of coaching the South Korean national team. “I told Coach Chaduri, who I worked with when I was a member of the FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG), ‘This team has a lot of things and the players are good,'” said Klinsmann, who watched all four of South Korea’s matches at last year’s World Cup in Qatar.” I met with the president of the Korean Football Association, Chung Mong-kyu, and told him that I would be honored to lead this team. I told him that I would be honored if I could lead this team at the Asian Cup, and even the upcoming World Cup in North and Central America.”

Klinsmann, who has recently won four straight A-matches between national teams, is also proud of his players. “I don’t doubt the ability and quality of our players,” he said, “but it’s a long road, a marathon to the World Cup, to the second round of qualifying, to the World Cup, and we need to do well. “If you look at the team we have now, I can tell you that (I am) with players who are capable of winning,” he said.” We are a team that can clearly say that the goal is to win,” he added .When asked by local reporters if Klinsmann was on the shortlist when Marcello Lippi was named China’s national team coach in 2019, Klinsmann replied, “There was no offer from the Chinese Football Association at the time.” “Coach Lippi is a close friend and a very close colleague of mine, so I’m not going to talk about him, but I’m just going to say that it means a lot to me that he came to 바카라사이트 China to lead the Korean national team,” he added.

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