Former Bayern Munich prospect Emre Can knows Germany is in a tough spot as it heads into a pivotal match against Portugal, but knows the team must stay positive if it wants to dig out of this hole.
”There is always pressure, but you can turn that into a positive. We’re playing at the Euros, at home no less. We can’t forget to enjoy ourselves though,” Can said (as captured by the DFB website). “We were all hurt because it was a painful defeat. You could still feel the disappointment, but the mood was a lot better today. We have to look ahead, stay positive, work hard and win Saturday’s match.”
Can thinks the squad’s quality will ultimately shine through.
“We have an awesome team and we have quality too — I think we’ve shown that in parts,” Can said. “We can be even better though, and we believe in ourselves and that we can win Saturday’s game.”
Defender Matthias Ginter echoed Can’s thought’s and said that Die Mannschaft is now operating with a sense of urgency.
“We’ve got a feeling of ‘now more than ever’ — we’re looking ahead and are fully focused on Portuga,” Ginter said. “We’re maintaining a positive energy and will go all out for the win on Saturday.”
As for how Germany can help itself, Ginter said that better success with set pieces and being more precise in the final third will be huge for the squad.
“Set pieces were on the agenda again in training today. We know that we can and must improve in that regard,” said Ginter. “(Against France) We were often missing that decisive pass in the final third and failed to create any golden opportunities. We have to do better and the whole team has to step up.”