Völler raves about Nagelsmann: “Wonderfully delivered”

The German national team got off to a successful start under new national coach Julian Nagelsmann. DFB sports director Rudi Völler had a “totally positive” impression – and didn’t just talk about the USA game.

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He drew a “totally positive” conclusion: DFB sports director Rudi Völler.

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The end result was a 3-1 win on Julian Nagelsmann’s debut as national coach. And the former Bayern coach, whose team was particularly impressive after the break, managed to do something that only a selection coach before him had achieved – winning the opening game after going behind. To date, only Otto Nerz had achieved this in a 3-2 away win over the Netherlands in October 1926.

DFB sports director Rudi Völler, who campaigned for Nagelsmann as national coach and described him as a “stroke of luck”, drew a “totally positive” assessment after the first of two games in the USA. “Ultimately, that’s always the most important thing, that you have a very good start,” explained the 1990 world champion on the RTL microphone, “that you start straight away with a really good game. That’s what we did today, that’s the basis of everything.”

“Just like many players from various clubs know him”

Völler also likes how Nagelsmann has presented itself in the USA so far. “We had a good week of training,” the 63-year-old pointed out: “Julian conveyed this wonderfully in his carefree way in the training sessions, also in the meetings – just like many players of course know him from the various clubs that he already trains has.”

The duel with Gold Cup winners Mexico awaits on Wednesday night (2 a.m. CEST, LIVE! on kicker), which is likely to challenge the German team more. The DFB team can take revenge at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The last meeting so far was at the 2018 World Cup finals, when the Mexicans outplayed the reigning world champions 1-0 in a sold-out Luzhniki in Moscow.

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