Pressure mounts on Euro 2024 hosts Germany after under-21s flop

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Pressure mounts on Euro 2024 hosts Germany after under-21s flop

Pressure on hosts Germany to deliver at Euro 2024 has significantly increased in recent months due to a series of poor results. However, their under-21 European Championship group stage elimination has taken the pressure to another level. Germany’s youth team, who were European champions in 2021, aimed to outperform the senior team in recent matches but suffered a 2-0 defeat to England in Georgia, resulting in their exit from the group stage with only one point from three matches. Additionally, this loss means they will not secure a spot at the 2024 Paris Olympics. Germany under-21 coach Antonio Di Salvo admitted that England was superior, praising their potential and squad depth. He expressed disappointment, stating that they had envisioned a different outcome.

The focus now shifts to Germany coach Hansi Flick, as fans fear hearing similar sentiments at Euro 2024. Flick’s team is far from the required level for next year’s Euros, where they hope to redeem themselves after a disappointing five-year period. Recent friendly matches have highlighted their struggles, with a 3-3 draw against Ukraine, a 1-0 loss to Poland in Warsaw, and a 2-0 defeat at home against Colombia. These results confirm their poor form since their early elimination from the World Cup in Qatar in December 2021.

Flick took charge in September 2021 when Germany was already in a slump, having been eliminated in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup and losing to England in the last 16 of Euro 2020. Although Flick initially enjoyed an eight-game winning streak, Germany has only won one of their last five matches since their shocking World Cup exit. In fact, they have only won three of their last 11 matches.

The upcoming friendlies against Japan and France in September will be crucial for Flick’s future as the coach of the four-time world champions. The outcome of these matches could determine whether he continues in his role. Germany national team director Rudi Voller expressed optimism, believing that the team will turn the corner with two victories and strong performances. He emphasized the importance of how they present themselves on the field.

In conclusion, Germany’s under-21 European Championship elimination has intensified the pressure on the host nation to perform well at Euro 2024. Coach Hansi Flick faces significant challenges as the team has struggled in recent matches and has not met the required level. The upcoming friendlies against Japan and France will be crucial in determining Flick’s future. The German team aims to turn things around and present themselves in a positive light.

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