Nfter the start of the European Championship season with two defeats, the German U-21 national team wants to come back quickly with victories on their way to defending their title. “We take a lot with us and try to do better in November,” said coach Antonio Di Salvo on Wednesday night after the 1: 3 in England. Then there are two more international matches. Games are planned against teams that are also at the start of the European Championship finals from June 21 to July 8, 2023 in Romania and Georgia. In November you have the chance to make things up in two more international matches, said Di Salvo.
After the 1-0 draw against France, the German team also lost out in the next endurance test in Sheffield on Tuesday evening. In front of 10,731 spectators, the goal from Wolfsburg’s Felix Nmecha (35th minute) was not enough to reward a courageous performance by the European champion with a sense of achievement. Folarin Balogun (42nd) and Conor Gallagher (47th) shot the intense and at times wild international match after the break. Cole Palmer scored late (90+5) as Germany risked everything to equalise.
“Of course you worry, that’s what the friendly games were for: which players can I build on, where do you have to improve,” Di Salvo summed up. “We still have nine months left, so every player can show himself and prove himself.” The 43-year-old will probably nominate the squad from a group of players that includes 30 to 35 professionals.
One of them is defender Marton Dardai, who is strong against England. “We have to play a bit more ripped off, use our chances better and be better at the back – then everything will come naturally,” said the Berliner.
Apart from the internationals in November, Di Salvo wants to see his team play two more games in March. A training camp to prepare for the tournament begins about ten days beforehand. “We’re at the point where we narrowly lost to two very big nations. Overall, we were a bit worse than both teams,” said Di Salvo.