Finland take on Germany in the UEFA Under 21 Championship tonight and they’ll be looking to stop the German’s over confident attitude.
Germany coach Horst Hrubesch seemed to be very confident of success at a press conference held yesterday and when questioned he looked as if the question had come from another planet.
“A draw?” he told UEFA.com. “I’ve not even considered a draw. We’re here to win.”
Having held pre-tournament favourites Spain to a goalless draw in their first game, belief is the underlining word around the German camp.
“You never know how it’s going to be before the first match,” Hrubesch continued.
“We started with confidence against Spain, created chances and the players really found themselves – I’m convinced we can beat Finland and step towards the semi-finals. We have a great blend of team players and individuals able to make the difference at the top level. We’re going for the title.”
But the Finn’s, who gave England a scare on Monday, are out to prove the German’s wrong.
“We will be gunning for all three points and will go on to the pitch with real belief,” said Finnish head coach Markku Kanerva.
“We will have to play at least as well as we did against England, while also cutting out the mistakes that cost us so dear in the end,” he continued.
“Germany know how to use the ball – we have to make sure they don’t get much of it. Germany like to play long balls over the defence – we will need to cut them out.”
Finland will be helped by the recovery of star striker Berat Sadik following an ankle problem.