With the match against Italy fast approaching, excitement is growing ahead of the second international match of 2016. Assistant manager Thomas Schneider and World Cup winner Sami Khedira faced the press this afternoon in what was the final press conference ahead of tomorrow’s match (20:45 CET).
...Italy: Italy will be a very special game. Germany against Italy are always big games.
...his time in Italy: I am playing a lot, and feel fit. I feel very much at home everywhere in Italy, especially at Juventus.
...being captain: It’s an honour to lead Germany out as captain. Bastian Schweinsteiger is the captain of the team, but people are acting as though he has retired. In Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller, we have plenty of leaders in the team.
...motivation for friendly matches: We have the same discussion every year. We want to use these two matches, and had we won against England then we wouldn’t be having this discussion. We played well for 45-60 minutes, but ultimately we fell short. We are determined to win against Italy. We also intend to put in a top performance, and there are plenty of players who still want to prove themselves.
...being favourites at the EUROs: Everyone wants to beat the World Champions. We are travelling to France to win though. p>
...Italy: Italy are in good form at the moment. They are versatile and difficult to play against. The result is important for us, and we want to get a good result going into the next break from international fixtures.
...mistakes Germany made against England: We made it difficult for ourselves in the first half too. We were better in the second half, up until they scored their first goal. Our defending from set pieces will certainly be a topic of discussion. When two top teams face eachother, often one goal is enough to turn the game on its head. England grew in confidence after the goal, and we didn’t really have the opportunity to counter much.
...captain: Bastian Schweinsteiger is our captain. We have a lot of players who can lead the side in addition to him.