Frankfurt / Main (dpa) – U21 national coach Stefan Kuntz is not worried about the corona virus pandemic before the exit with his Moldova selection.
“We will stay in the country as short as possible. Organizing everything is great, I’m not worried,” said Kuntz before the European Championship qualifier on Friday (6.15 pm / ProSieben Maxx) in Moldova. The country of approximately 3.5 million inhabitants reported the previous record of 1,022 new corona infections within 24 hours on October 1.
“I rarely feel as safe as I have in my ten days at the DFB,” Kuntz said of his time with his national team in the corona pandemic. “We are regularly tested and we do whatever precautions that can be taken.” After the game in Moldova, the young footballers will meet Bosnia-Herzegovina on October 13 in Fürth. In their qualification group, the DFB-Elf is currently second behind Belgium. The nine group winners and the five best runners-up will buy the ticket for the 2021 final.
However, due to the pandemic, Kuntz had to accept some cancellations for his squad. Mergim Berisha is in team quarantine at RB Salzburg, Felix Agu from Werder Bremen has not received permission from his club due to a regulation from the health department. “It is of course good if you can fall back on existing scaffolding,” says Kuntz. But the corona-related failures are also an opportunity for the other players.