The german U 21 soccer team has scored its first three points with a 3-0 win over faroe on its way to the european championship title, but coach horst hrubesch was not entirely satisfied.
"We should have won the game much more clearly," hrubesch said after the 3-0 (1-0) victory over the faroe islanders. At the start of the qualifying campaign for the 2015 european championships in the czech republic, the german juniors revealed a number of deficits that hrubesch would like to have remedied by the time of the next match against ireland on monday.
"I am not satisfied. We had enough chances to score four or five goals in the first half. We will work on that in the coming days," the coach announced. In torshavn, in a one-sided game in front of 500 spectators, only stuttgart’s moritz leitner (7. Minute), jonas hofmann from dortmund (52. ) and leonardo bittencourt (80.) of hannover 96 for the team of the german football association (DFB) successful. For hofmann and bittencourt it was their first goals in the U 21 kit. "That was a special goal, but with more concentration there could have been more," said bittencourt.
It could be revengeful as early as monday, if the DFB team is just as careless in missing its scoring opportunities against ireland in sligo as it was against the faringers. They had almost exclusively limited to their defense. The irish are expected to play a significant role in qualifying group 6, where the other rivals are rumania and montenegro.
"In sligo we are really challenged and have to fight", DFB captain kevin volland explained. Against the faroer the hoffenheimer was involved in the preparation of all three german goals mabgebgeblich and most conspicuous man on the kunstrasen. DFB keeper bernd leno of bayer leverkusen had no opportunity to excel. In ireland, the monchengladbach goalkeeper marc-andre ter stegen will start in the rotation. "We’ve already decided that in advance," said hrubesch.
Despite the poor execution of their chances, the DFB team was already harmonizing in many areas and showed decent play against the deep opponents. That’s why hrubesch, who led the german U 21 team to the european championship title in sweden in 2009, didn’t just want to complain, but also heaped praise on the team: "everyone saw that we were the better team for 90 minutes and dominated the match. We want to take the momentum with us to ireland."
Ireland will still be without shawn parker, johannes geis and andre hoffmann, who had already cancelled the faroer game due to injury. Hrubesch wants to dispense with subsequent nominations. Against the faringers, the coach already made the right decisions: hofmann and bittencourt each marked their goals shortly after being substituted. "We are definitely taking positives from the match," said hofmann.