Justin Kluivert lives with healthy tension at the Juniors for the second group match at the European Championship against Germany. The Netherlands needs a good result on Saturday evening after the disappointing 1-1 draw in the opening game with Romania.
“I don’t want to call it stress, but there is healthy tension in the group. I think we are all ready for it. We feel good and are fully committed to victory,” Kluivert said at a digital press conference on Friday.
The Juniors started the tournament in Hungary and Slovenia with a mediocre performance against Romania. The team of national coach Erwin van de Looi took a 1-0 lead, but after the quick 1-1 the level dropped and Romania left a number of big chances 1-2.
“Of course we have been critical towards each other. We as players discussed what we should do to win such a match. The pace of the ball in particular must be much higher”, said Kluivert.
“But the atmosphere is still great. We do a lot of things together. Ping-pong, cards and things like that. Everyone gets along well and it is nice to have that in a team. Only that way can you do great things. to achieve.”
Justin Kluivert in action during the game against Romania.
‘Germany always has a good team’
It is not certain whether Kluivert will have a starting place against Germany. Cody Gakpo, who had to settle for a raid against Romania, will in all probability appear at the kick-off and that will probably be at the expense of Kluivert or Myron Boadu.
“Cody is a very good player. We have a lot of forwards who can start. It is up to the coach who will play against Germany. We are all ready to start and give our input,” said Kluivert.
Kluivert will meet a number of acquaintances in Germany. The former Ajax player plays for RB Leipzig, which is hiring him from AS Roma this season. At the current number two in the Bundesliga, he has so far scored two goals and an assist.
“I know some names in Germany. They always have a good team, whether it is the A-selection or the youth. It will be a great match, but I have to ask you whether we are the favorite. I know. it not. ”
The Dutch Juniors-Young Germany starts on Saturday at 9 p.m. in Székesfehérvár. The Netherlands will close the group stage against Hungary on Tuesday. The numbers one and two of each group qualify for the quarter-finals, which will be played together with the semi-finals and the final from May 31 to June 6.
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