Szeged (dpa) – Germany’s newest youngsters Kevin Shade and Malik Tillmann have started their first under-21 trip abroad in a good and humble mood.
After their successful debut in the most important German junior team, the two 19-year-olds did not want a regular place. “The coach will decide what is best,” Freiburg-based Shady said of his chances of playing in the upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Hungary on Tuesday (5.30pm / ProSieben Maxx) in Szeged.
“You have to prove yourself anew every day, and repeatedly show the coach what you can do,” said Malik Tillmann, who signed his last professional contract with Bayern Munich until 2024. It is highly likely, however, that new U21 coach Antonio de Salvo of Hungary will once again rely on Shady and Tillmann – after all, talent with their goals in their under-21 debut against Israel helped him start his first working journey as head coach. in a comfortable way.
Last minute victory over Israel
Because Stefan Koontz’s successor can still count on feelings of happiness after his last-minute victory over Israel during the trip to Budapest. During his debut in his hometown of Paderborn, the 42-year-old was still nervous. “The tension as a coach is different, and the joy maybe a little more,” he said of his team’s perfect victory with only two goals in the exciting final stage.
After three wins out of three matches, the defending champion will travel to Hungary as the leader in the standings and will continue to build on the streak of success they have had there. “So far we are on the right track. Three matches and three victories speak for themselves, as is the morale we showed against Israel,” said Jean-Manuel Mbom of Bremen, who made his U21 debut. Only group winners qualify directly for the EM 2023 Championships in Georgia and Romania.
Difficult game in Hungary
“Now we have a difficult match in Hungary, where we have to keep improving,” Di Salvo said. “We have to play faster and at times be more determined,” he said. Above all, the former professional was not satisfied with the defensive behavior when conceding goals. “We kept the ball for so long, we barely let our opponents run. We have to improve on that,” he said.
It is very likely that de Salvo will once again rely on his youth for this. After the departure of exceptional talent Yusuf Mukoko due to injury, the upcoming Dortmund is also hoping for a chance: attacking player Ansgar Knauf has been nominated.
Tillmann and Shady have one thing in common with many other under-21 pros like Mbom: they could have played for another country, but decided to join the German Football Association. “I was born and raised in Germany,” said Shadi, a father from Nigeria. “It is always an honor to play for Germany. It is a special honor to wear the eagle on your chest,” Tillmann, who can play for the United States national team, said.
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