Di Salvo talks about Torgarant Moukoko and the “flow”

On the way to a successful end to the year, Germany’s U21s are counting on more goals from Youssoufa Moukoko.

After the 18-year-old professional footballer scored five goals in the last two international matches, national coach Antonio Di Salvo is also relying on the Dortmund attacker against Estonia and Poland. “I hope that it continues like this, that he will continue to have this flow in the next games,” said Di Salvo.

The German U21 meets Estonia in Paderborn. Four days later, league leaders Poland are guests in Essen . The Poles lead the table with nine points after three games. Germany follows with six points, but has only played two games due to the postponement of the Israel game. Di Salvo said he still had no information as to when the game against Israel would be rescheduled.


Adeyemi not there

Moukoko has an impressive rate in the U21. In eleven games he scored nine times for the national team. Unlike in October, his Dortmund teammate Karim Adeyemi is not there this time. After the 21-year-old was not nominated by national coach Julian Nagelsmann for the senior national team’s international matches, Di Salvo sought talks with BVB and the professional.

The U21 coach reported that he wanted to stay with the club, where he wanted to recommend himself for further appearances after his recent improving form. “It’s clear that Karim would have helped us with his quality.” Di Salvo said he was in close contact with the club.


Captain Martel back on board

For the games against Estonia and Poland, in which Di Salvo wants to celebrate two wins, the coach can rely on the returnees Márton Dárdai (Hertha BSC), Eric Martel and Jan Thielmann (both 1. FC Köln). The trio had recently been missing due to injury. “These are very important players for us,” said the 44-year-old coach. “I’m pleased that all three men are back on board.” Martel should lead the team onto the field again as captain.
The nine group winners and the three best runners-up will qualify for the final round, which will take place in Slovakia in 2025. The six remaining group runners-up will compete in playoffs to determine the final three participants.

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