Braunschweig (dpa) – The doubles package at the end of the turbulent international competition year should lead Germany’s U21s to the EM ticket. “We want to make it to the final qualifying for the 2021 European Under-21 Championship against Wales,” said coach Stefan Kuntz.
After much coronavortex around the recent successful performances of the German youth a month ago, there is now even a backup solution for a calamity before the final step to the final round.
“If we had to go into a corona-related quarantine for the European Championship qualifier against Wales at short notice, a complete team including support staff would be available,” Kuntz revealed. “This means we are prepared for an emergency that I hope will not occur.”
But before the last German match in the European Championship qualifying against Wales takes place on Tuesday (6.15 p.m. / ProSieben MAXX) in Braunschweig, there will be a friendly against Slovenia at the same location next Thursday (6.15 p.m. / ProSieben MAXX). “We want to win both games, that has to be the goal,” said Erzgebirge Aue striker Florian Krüger. “The game against Slovenia is like a small test for the deciding game.” Ismail Jakobs from 1. FC Köln expects “two wins”.
For Kuntz, the game is also the last opportunity to “try out tactical variations and get to know new players” for the expected start of the European Championship next year. Due to the corona pandemic, the finals in Slovenia and Hungary have been postponed to next year, where they will be held in two parts. The preliminary round will take place from March 24 to March 31, 2021 with 16 teams in four groups. The decision on the European title will be taken from May 31 to June 6.
A corona case in the team did not take the DFB selection off course in October. On the contrary. Due to Belgium’s error, Germany (15 points) recaptured the top of the table from its competitors (13), which must now be kept. “It is important that we leave the first game with a good feeling, so that we can take confidence with us for the next and eventually go first to the European Championship,” said defender Lars Lukas Mai. The first in the group and the five best in the group qualify for the European Championship.
May, on loan to Darmstadt 98 by FC Bayern, made his debut in October, this time Jean-Manuel Mbom (Werder Bremen), Stephan Kofi Ambrosius, Manuel Wintzheimer (both Hamburger SV), Finn Dahmen (FSV Mainz 05) as well as Paul Jaeckel and David Raum (both SpVgg Greuther Fürth) will be used for the first time.
Lennart Czyborra (CFC Genoa), who was appointed for the first time, will not be joining the team from Italy due to stricter registration rules. After an eventful sporting period and a long break, goalkeeper Markus Schubert, who moved from FC Schalke to Eintracht Frankfurt, is back. “It’s been a year again,” said the 22-year-old.