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Muller: Germany played ‘riskier’ and more courageous in the match against Italy

28 Jun 2022 | 08:03

Thomas Muller praising his side for taking risks, after Germany won 5-2 at home to Italy in the Nations League on Tuesday.

Muller was one of the scorers for Die Mannschaft, who led 5-0 at one stage in Monchenglabach after Timo Werner’s second game of the night. Joshua Kimmich and Ilkay Gundogan were the other scorers for Germany, giving the home side a 2-0 lead during that period.

Germany are second in Group A3 after four games, after draws in their opening three games characterized by a high percentage of passive possession.

However, especially after being eliminated early in the past three major tournaments, the 32-year-old is emerging from Germany’s play under Hansi Flick although there is still room for improvement.

“One good aspect that we brought into play today is we actually played a little more adventurous and have more courage,” Muller told ZDF. Take the risk of losing the ball with the knowledge of winning the second ball. Therefore, objective courage and emotionless courage.

“If we understood that a little bit better in attack, that a cross that doesn’t directly lead to goal would be dangerous with the second ball if we were in that position, then we would help. our life easier.

We have good players, we have a good attitude and a good project going on. But we still have all kinds of deficits, you have to be honest. “

Germany once again dominated possession but were able to turn that into delicious opportunities in front of goal on Tuesday, with Joshua Kimmich’s opening goal in the 10th minute.

The home side outperformed the reigning European champions, who had an inexperienced starting line-up and conceded five goals for the first time in a single game since 1957.

For Muller, who insists he no longer sees himself playing longer at international level, it is an affirmation of Germany’s quality.

“We have everything we can to beat anyone on a good day,” he said. “We still have to improve our understanding of football, like wanting to do the right thing. We won a lot of second balls and that made the game easier for us.

I know I won’t play 50 more international matches. Let’s see what happens in the next two or three years, but I’m enjoying it a lot at the moment. “